By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) announced recently suspected cases of Botulism (qassuniq) in Inukjuak, on March 22.
An investigation revealed that the cases were associated with igunaq (a method of preparing meat, particularly walrus and other marine mammals) consumed during two feasts on March 18th and March 19th.
More than 27 people may have been exposed at the feasts and afterward from food later consumed at home.
There may still be contaminated igunaq in the community and in situations like this, the meat from that source should be destroyed. The best way to destroy the contaminated meat would be to burn it. It’s important to identify all the meat from the suspected igunaq and be sure it’s destroyed.
Before eating walrus meat, people should verify where it came from and make sure that it’s not from the same source that was given at the feasts.
A few suspected cases of botulism occur each year in Nunavik.
- South Africa reports 2nd human rabies case of 2021
- Philippines reports record 15K plus COVID-19 cases Friday
- CDC investigating Salmonella outbreak linked to wild songbirds
- Michigan reports first P.1 variant case identified in Bay County
- New York City: Lyme disease center at Columbia University
- Measles on the rise in DRC again: MSF
- Sleeping sickness eliminated as a public health problem in Côte d’Ivoire
- Reunion Island reports more than 2600 dengue cases in three months
- Guinea reports first Ebola case in nearly a month