The Athabasca Health Authority (AHA) says a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak has been officially declared on Friday in two northern Saskatchewan communities.
“We recently flagged a presumptive TB outbreak in some of our communities … evidence suggests an increased incidence rate in both (Fond Du Lac) and Black Lake with evidence of community transmission,” read a AHA situation report.
“Although we’ve continued to manage the crisis, an improved management approach is being developed where cases are more closely monitored with updated situation/management reports shared regularly.”
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AHA noted that close monitoring with necessary supports will help prevent a possible poorer treatment outcome which may be characterized with TB patients who may test positive for COVID-19.
“Given that the COVID-19 crisis is ongoing around the world with its effect much felt in certain underserved areas, TB crisis management may potentially suffer some setbacks if not given the needed attention,” read the report.
“In the far north-central zone of Saskatchewan currently covered by the AHA, we’ve recently identified a heightened TB crisis which we’ve continued to manage in collaboration with our partners/agencies over time.”
The report said AHA is creating a TB/COVID-19 Hotline primarily for clients support.
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