Constance Lake declares state of emergency after 3 die of mysterious lung infection – APTN News

Nov 25, 2021

Three people have died in Constance Lake First Nation in northern Ontario of a lung infection suspected to be blastomycosis.

On Monday, Chief Ramona Sutherland declared a state of emergency.

“As we deal with this tremendous loss and community crisis, we require additional services to assist our people during this time of hardship,“ Sutherland said in a release Thursday.

“It is of the utmost importance that we find the origin of these recent cases of blastomycosis so that we can prevent the loss of additional lives of our community members and treat the affected areas.”

Sutherland said her northwestern Ontario community needed emergency housing inspections, additional site assessments, grief and mental health counselling and support for family members of sick individuals.

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