‘People get very sick’: Manitoba sees rise in rare, potentially fatal bacterial infection – CTV

June 17, 2024

A rise in cases of a rare bacterial infection in Manitoba has prompted health officials to issue a warning.

Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a bacterial infection that can cause meningitis (severe brain and spinal cord inflammation) and is potentially fatal.

A Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) spokesperson confirmed Ontario and Manitoba have seen activity this year, with Toronto Public Health reporting the highest number of recorded infections in the city since 2002.

Manitoba’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Carol Kurbis says the province normally sees about six cases annually of all types of meningococcal disease.

Since around mid-December, Manitoba recorded 19 cases. Eighteen of those are the W-strain.

Kurbis says other jurisdictions have seen a similar rise, but they’re not sure what’s driving it.

Read more: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/people-get-very-sick-manitoba-sees-rise-in-rare-potentially-fatal-bacterial-infection-1.6929511

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