Tuberculosis outbreak declared in Naujaat

People showing symptoms advised to get tested

An outbreak of tuberculosis has been declared in the hamlet of Naujaat. (File Photo)

By Cedric Gallant - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

There is an outbreak of tuberculosis in Naujaat.

The Department of Health released a public health advisory about the outbreak Tuesday. There are currently six active TB cases and 10 cases of latent, or sleeping, tuberculosis in the hamlet of approximately 1,200 residents.

Due to the growing number of cases, enhanced public follow-up is necessary, the advisory states.

Anyone who has been exposed to an active TB case or shows symptoms should be screened at the community’s health centre.

Tuberculosis is treatable and can be cured with medication.

The symptoms of active tuberculosis are:

  • A cough that lasts longer than three weeks;
  • Feeling very tired;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Having a fever or experiencing night sweats.

In March, a TB outbreak was declared in Pond Inlet and there has been an ongoing outbreak in Pangnirtung since 2021.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    Check in all of our communities. I bet there are more outbreaks of TB out there. Time to get serious about this travesty in this day and age.

    • Posted by I don’t think you know what that word means. on

      Tuberculosis is a bacteria. It’s not some anti-inuit agenda. 1/4 of the world is infected with either active or latent TB. Wash your homes with bleach and stop eating tuktu on the floor.


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