On World TB Day, researcher urges more focus on TB reduction in Nunavut – NunatsiaqOnline

March 24, 2017

“Any TB death is too many”

Now matter how you look at the public health numbers, tuberculosis rates among Inuit are “too high,” underlining the need for more TB awareness, screening and treatment, says Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, a TB researcher and respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Those high numbers include a rate of active TB among Inuit that’s almost 400 times higher than in the Canadian-born non-Aboriginal population and a Nunavut TB rate that remains roughly 30 times higher in the territory than elsewhere in Canada.

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