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.

Increase in mercury levels in Ekali Lake (Kelly Lake) – Deh Cho

YELLOWKNIFE (February 9th, 2012) – Dr. Lorne Clearsky, Chief Public Health Officer, is advising residents of the Northwest Territories of elevated mercury levels in fish from one lake. Thereby, a public health notice is in effect, recommending people limit the quantity of pike and walleye they eat from the following lake: Ekali Lake (also known locally as Kelly Lake) - Deh Cho


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