H1N1 hit northern Manitoba First Nations hard — some worry COVID-19 will do the same – CBC

Chief says half the people living in St. Theresa Point don’t have easy access to clean water

Mar 27, 2020

Just over a decade ago, hundreds of people started to become ill with flu-like symptoms in Manitoba’s Island Lake region.

It was 2009, and H1N1 influenza had begun to spread. It would take a devastating toll on remote First Nations in the area, including St. Theresa Point.

The First Nation was hit hard. Hundreds became ill and some were admitted to hospital in Winnipeg, about 460 kilometres to the south, in critical condition. Babies became sick. One woman who was pregnant had a miscarriage after getting the virus.

Eleven people in Manitoba died from H1N1. At least three of those deaths were on the Garden Hill First Nation, where a fourth death was also suspected to be connected to the virus.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-19-concerns-remote-first-nations-manitoba-1.5510388

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