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Trichinella alert for Rankin Inlet

29 July 2015 

Public Health Advisory

Trichinella alert for Rankin Inlet

July 29, 2015

Rankin Inlet, NU

The Department of Health is advising residents of Rankin Inlet that a walrus has tested positive for trichinella.

If you have eaten any uncooked walrus recently, and have experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, you might be infected with trichinella, the parasite that causes worm disease.

Let your health care provider know that you ate uncooked walrus if you have any of these symptoms.

Testing your walrus will prevent anyone from getting trichinosis. Before eating walrus that someone else caught, ask if it has been tested.

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Media Contact:
Ron Wassink
A/Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Department of Health
867-975-5710
rwassink@gov.nu.ca