Nunavik trichinosis outbreak puzzles health officials
Health officials in Nunavik (region, Quebec), are trying to figure out the source of a trichinellosis outbreak in Inukjuak (Nunavik). Since early October 2013, about 15 people have exhibited symptoms of the illness caused by a parasite sometimes found in raw meat of animals Including walrus and polar bear.
2 people have been hospitalized.
Health officials are baffled because there’s no evidence that the parasite came from walrus meat, which is most often the cause for an outbreak.
In the meantime, officials are advising people to fully cook meat before eating it, to kill any parasites. Proulx says the 2 people recently hospitalized seem to be recovering.