Tuberculosis outbreak “under control” in Black Lake and Fond Du Lac First Nations

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A tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in Black Lake and Fond Du Lac First Nations has been declared to be under control by the Athabasca Health Authority.

The outbreak, when first declared on Oct. 8, had no fewer than seven cases in Black Lake and six in Fond Du Lac.

On Oct. 15 the Athabasca Health Authority stated that they are providing ongoing support for all tuberculosis clients,

COVID-19 and tuberculosis are both communicable diseases that primarily attack the respiratory system and share the symptoms of cough, fever and difficulty breathing.

Tuberculous has a longer incubation period from about two to 12 weeks with a slower onset of disease. A person can remain contagious until they have been on assigned therapy for several weeks. With COVID-19, the incubation period ranges from one to 14 days. The median is 5 to 6 days between exposure and symptom onset.

The Athabasca Health Authority has been advising that...continued

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