Suspected blastomycosis outbreak hits Constance Lake First Nation – CTV News

November 24, 2021

TIMMINS, ONT. — Constance Lake First Nation, located in northern Ontario, declared a state of emergency this week after a suspected outbreak of a lung infection called blastomycosis.

Nine probable cases are being treated in hospitals around Ontario and 12 people are being monitored within the community.

Three recent deaths may be linked to the outbreak, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Blastomycosis is an infection caused by a fungus found in soil, wet wood or mould. The disease gets into the lungs and can cause pneumonia and spread to other parts of the body.

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