“Absolutely an outbreak” was what Dr Kim Barker, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health, said when questioned on the situation.
There was 13 confirmed cases on the 19th of May 2016 in Pond Inlet in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. As of 25th of May 2016, the number has risen to 18.
Health officials are currently trying to contain the outbreak. However, they are less then optimistic on isolating it. With a population of 1500 and people constantly traveling in and out, it’s no wonder.
Officials have been diligent in offering people whom are at greatest risk vaccines. Those with the highest risk are infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Officials are especially concerned for unvaccinated pregnant women.
The officials will be closely monitoring the situation for the next 3 week. While this outbreak is serious, it is hardly unusual. In Nunavut, pertusis tends to return in cycles every 6-7 years.
References: http://www.cbc.ca. 2016. ‘Absolutely an outbreak’: Whooping cough cases in Pond Inlet rise to 13 – North – CBC News. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/pond-inlet-whooping-cough-outbreak-1.3589330. [Accessed 16 August 2016].
http://www.cbc.ca. 2016. 2 suspected whooping cough cases in Iqaluit as Pond Inlet outbreak continues – North – CBC News. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/whooping-cough-outbreak-reaches-iqaluit-1.3599769. [Accessed 16 August 2016].