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UPDATE SAINT-BERNARD, QC: THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, NO NEW CASES OF INFECTION
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Last month WaterToday reported on the situation in Saint-Bernard, Québec, where the municipality's water supply had possibly been compromised with campylobacter contamination. At the time there had been 11 confirmed infections, other cases were under investigation, and 10 had been hospitalized.
After a boil water advisory (BWA) had been issued, no new cases had been reported. The investigation into the source of the contamination, and whether on not the water was the cause of the infections was still ongoing.
We had the chance to follow up with Mireille Gaudreau, Publicist with CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches. Gaudreau confirmed, "the investigation is ongoing, and the results are expected in a few weeks."
The number of confirmed Campylobacter infections has been updated since we last reported.
Gaudreau informed WaterToday that "9 cases of Campylobacter infection were confirmed by the laboratory." She added that "12 cases of infection have been reported and investigated and are considered possible."
Initially, it was believed that 10 had been hospitalized, though Gaudreau confirmed that "5 cases were hospitalized or kept less than 24 hours in the emergency room under observation."
"The epidemiological investigation continues and could reveal other possible cases," Gaudreau said.
The overall investigation is a joint venture, "in addition to the investigations carried out by the municipality with its consulting firms, there are those of the [Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et lutte contre les changements climatiques] MDDELCC and the Direction de la santé publique in collaboration with the [ Institut national de santé publique du Québec] INSPQ," Gaudreau said.
As for the municipality itself, residents remain under the BWA which "was renewed on August 22nd."
SAINT-BERNARD, QC: DRINKING WATER COULD BE CAUSE OF CAMPYLOBACTER INFECTIONS - 10 HOSPITALIZED
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