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Bad water in First Nations leads to high rate of invasive infection, doctor says

Three and a half year-old Hailey Sakanee takes a sip of water. Her community, Neskantaga First Nation, has been under a water advisory for two decades. (CBC)

Three and a half year-old Hailey Sakanee takes a sip of water. Her community, Neskantaga First Nation, has been under a water advisory for two decades. (CBC)

‘Poverty kills,’ says Dr. Mike Kirlew, who studied invasive MRSA infections north of Sioux Lookout

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Oct 26, 2015

Bad water and inadequate housing is leading to a “dramatic increase in invasive disease” in First Nations north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.

Northwestern Ontario, home to 10 remote First Nations that haven’t had safe tap water in more than a decade, is seeing one of the highest rates of community-associated MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in Canada, the study said. Read the rest of this entry

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