Constance Lake First Nation in state of emergency more than a year due to blastomycosis – CBC

Dec 19, 2022

Blastomycosis is a fungal infection that has killed 5 people in the First Nation

Constance Lake First Nation, in northeastern Ontario, continues to live in a state of emergency more than a year after people first started to get sick with a lung infection called blastomycosis.

The infection has killed five people since November 2021, and another 46 members of the First Nation have received treatment for blastomycosis, said Constance Lake First Nation Chief Ramona Sutherland.

A fungus called blastomyces, often found in soil and rotting wood, causes blastomycosis when it is inhaled. Symptoms include a fever, cough, night sweats, chest pain, fatigue and muscle aches.

Finding the source

Dr. Anna Banerji, an infectious disease specialist with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, told CBC News blastomycosis can be treated with a common antifungal.

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