Trichinella warning issued in Coral Harbour
Infected walrus harvested on Sept. 24, says Health Department
The Nunavut Health Department is warning people in Coral Harbour about a walrus harvested Sept. 24 that has tested positive for trichinella.
People should contact a health-care provider if they’ve recently eaten uncooked walrus and experiencing symptoms such as muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, says a news release from the department.
The meat may have been with neighbouring communities as well.
Trichinella is a type of parasitic roundworm that causes a disease called trichinosis. Trichinella can only be killed by cooking, not freezing or fermenting. Any walrus can have trichinella, and anyone offered walrus should ask if it has been tested, the department said.
“Hunters who get their meat tested are protecting their communities,” states the release.
For questions on walrus testing, the department says to contact environmental health officer Gary Nelson at 867-645-6660.