In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in Nunavik. The rate of TB among Inuit living in Nunavik is anywhere between 100 to 300 times higher than that in the rest of Québec. Over the last 10 years, nearly all of the 14 Nunavik communities reported cases of TB.
Every effort is being undertaken to prevent the disease from spreading. The number of active TB cases in Nunavik declined between 1980 and 2003. However, the incidence rate has risen since 2007 and major outbreaks have occurred.
Several reasons can explain the resurgence in the number of active TB cases in Nunavik, including social factors such as overcrowded housing, malnutrition, poverty, and alcohol/drug abuse. Even a poorly ventilated room where people meet regularly, such as gathering houses, can suddenly become a highly contagious location for the disease to spread.
The Public Health Department of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) has initiated a communication strategy aimed at informing Nunavimmiut about TB. Through the website you will learn how to detect and how to treat the disease. You will also learn the importance of helping those who become ill to overcome their fears in getting proper care.
Access press releases related to TB published in the last few years;
MARCH 22th 2018 WORLD TB DAY TAKES ON A SPECIAL MEANING IN NUNAVIK
APRIL 12th 2017 SIX (6) REPORTED CASES OF TUBERCULOSIS IN KUUJJUAQ
NOVEMBER 6th 2015 MASS SCREENING FOR TUBERCULOSIS IN SALLUIT
AUGUST 14th 2013 CASES OF ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS IN NUNAVIK
JUNE 19th 2013 CASES OF ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS IN NUNAVIK
MAY 6th 2013 CASES OF ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS IN NUNAVIK
OCTOBER 11th 2012 STATUS REPORT ON THE TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAK IN KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ
JULY 12th 2012 CAMPAIGN FOR TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING IN KANGIQSUALUJJUAQ
JUNE 28th 2012 STATUS REPORT: TUBERCULOSIS CASES IN NUNAVIK
MAY 9th 2012 RECRUDESCENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS CASES IN NUNAVIK