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Nunavut health officials have begun a territory-wide search for people infected with a rare cancer-causing blood virus after discovering an outbreak of HTLV-1.
"Nobody knows" how widespread the infection is, said Dr. Isaac Sobol, Nunavut's chief medical officer of health. "So far, we've identified several people - less than 20 - who test positive." HTLV-1 is a retrovirus in the same family as HIV, the virus believed to cause AIDS.
The vast majority of people infected with HTLV-1 show no symptoms, said Dr. Sobol.
But for about five per cent of those infected, the virus can cause degenerative nerve disease leading to loss of control of the legs and bladder. It can also cause blood cancers including leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
There is no cure for HTLV-1 infection. Symptoms take between 10 and 20 years to appear.
HTLV-1 is so rare in Canada that it's not a reportable disease in many jurisdictions, said Health Canada spokesman Julian Beltrame.
The virus, however, is endemic in other parts of the world, including Southern Japan, the Caribbean, Papua New Guinea and some parts of Africa.
Originally posted by like2learn
680 News is reporting 4 CASES of ISOLATION in Scarborough Grace Hospital, it was first reported as a QUARENTINE NOT DEATHS...
If I hear more I will post but I think the DEATHS are a myth so far anyways..
Two more residents of an Toronto nursing home died Monday after a "garden variety" outbreak of a mysterious illness that has claimed a total of six lives and whose origins and precise nature may never be known, health officials say.