Botulism reported in Sanikiluaq

Health Department warns residents not to eat fermented meat

The Health Department is investigating reports of people in Sanikiluaq getting ill with botulism after eating fermented meat. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut’s Department of Health is cautioning residents of Sanikiluaq to not eat fermented meat.

Reports of people becoming ill with botulism after eating fermented meat are being investigated in the community, according to a statement released Monday by Health Department spokesperson Danarae Sommerville.

People who have eaten fermented meat should watch out for diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; feeling weak or tired; blurred vision; weakness of the arms, chest muscles and legs; and trouble breathing.

Sanikiluaq residents with any leftover fermented meat available for testing are asked to contact the regional environmental health officer at 867-645-6660.

If residents have any symptoms of botulism or have questions, they can call the Sanikiluaq community health centre at 867-266-8965.

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