Strong Indication That Cause of Death in Nain Was Tuberculosis

Officials with the Department of Health and Community Services says that a resident of Nain has died and there is strong indication that the cause of death was tuberculosis. The individual died on Sunday, March 18.

Management of this issue is being coordinated through a team approach involving the Medical Officer of Health, Labrador-Grenfell Health, Eastern Health, the Nunatsiavut Government and the Department of Health and Community Services. Labrador-Grenfell Health and the Nunatsiavut Government are in contact with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Indigenous Services Canada.

Contact tracing is now underway in Nain to identify those individuals who had close contact with the deceased person. Close contacts are those people who have had regular or prolonged contact with a person who tests positive for tuberculosis. If a person has been identified as a close contact, they will be contacted by a public health nurse. People are encouraged to work with local health care providers if asked to be checked.