Seasonal Influenza in the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2016) - Influenza (the flu) is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection caused by influenza A and B viruses that occur in Canada and the NWT each year. The virus is spread easily from person to person through coughing or sneezing, even before symptoms are apparent.  It can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles and phones.


Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Boil Water Advisory Lifted


YELLOWKNIFE (June 12, 2015) The Chief Public Health Officer is advising all residents in Yellowknife, N’dilo and Dettah that the precautionary boil water advisory has been lifted.

Residents who receive their water from the City of Yellowknife’s water suppler were asked to boil their water due to higher than normal turbidity, or muddy water.

Street Drug “Greenies” prompts health alert in Yellowknife

YELLOWKNIFE (February 16, 2015) – A rise in the use of street fentanyl or commonly known as Greenies has prompted the Chief Public Health Officer to issue a public health advisory regarding the dangers associated with the drug.
Illicit fentanyl has been appearing in green pill and powder form and has been sold as Oxycontin(R), heroin and other substances. Illicit fentanyl is more toxic than other opioids and is very lethal.

Limit consumption of Moose Organs from the southern Mackenzie Mountains in the Dehcho, due to high cadmium levels

February 10, 2009 – The Chief Medical Health Officer has issued a notice recommending that people limit the quantity of liver and kidneys eaten from mountain moose harvested in the southern Mackenzie Mountains within the Dehcho region. Moose harvested in the Mackenzie and Liard valleys have lower levels of cadmium, and the recommended guidelines for consumption are higher than for moose harvested from the southern Mackenzie Mountains.
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