Arviat daycare staff, children may have been exposed to TB: GN – Nunatsiaq News

30 July 2020

Nunavut health officials are warning Arviat families that children attending the local daycare centre may have been exposed to tuberculosis, according to a July 30 news release

Nunavut’s chief public health officer advised any staff and children who have spent time at the centre to be screened at Arviat’s health centre for the bacterial infection.

Health officials did not indicate the source of the TB infection, but noted that “a positive TB test usually means that an individual shared airspace with someone who has active TB.”

Tuberculosis enters the body when an individual breathes in the bacteria, which can cause sleeping TB—that may or may not develop into an illness. But if sleeping TB is not treated, it can lead to active TB.

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