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Weekly clinics launched over tuberculosis outbreak in northern Labrador

The president of Nunatsiavut says her government is not in crisis mode over an outbreak of tuberculosis in northern Labrador.In a statement, Sarah Leo says the situation is being well-managed by the public health office of the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and the Labrador Grenfell Health Authority.As of mid-May, 14 people had been diagnosed with the infectious disease in Nain since last October.Two more cases have been reported in other parts of Labrador.Leo said in her statement that a petition circulating over the past week calling for widespread testing of residents and visitors has added to fear and confusion around the outbreak.She said health professionals do not feel community-wide testing for tuberculosis is necessary, but the health authority will now hold an open clinic once a week to provide information and assessments to concerned residents.

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