The Department of Health and Community Services advises the public that a resident of Nain has died and there is strong indication that the cause of death was tuberculosis (TB).

The individual died on Sunday, March 18.

According to Health and Community Services, management of the issue is being coordinated through a team 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.

“This sudden death is tragic. I would like to express my sympathy to the family and the community. I want to reassure the public that we are carefully examining the facts of the case,” says Delphine Grynszpan, Medical Officer of Health. “We are starting contact tracing and will be contacting people at risk to offer them testing.”

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 TB. If a person has been identified as a close contact, they will be contacted by a public health nurse.