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First Nation in Manitoba confirms swine flu


The remote St. Theresa Point First Nation of Manitoba confirmed two cases of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

The two people, along with 19 others with flu-like symptoms, are hospitalized in Winnipeg, about 310 miles from the reserve. One patient is a pregnant woman who has since miscarried, CBC News reported.

Another 200 people on the reserve have reported being ill in the past two weeks. Most were treated in the community.

"It's a wake-up call for everyone," Chief David McDougall said at a news conference, The Winnipeg Sun reported. "We need a primary health-care facility in the region -- that's a long-term solution -- but at this point in time I think we need better communication and we need to work together. We have always been a political football between the two levels of government."

Two of McDougall's nieces, including the woman who miscarried, are among those in the hospital. He said a hotel In Winnipeg told tribal members to leave over concerns about swine flu.

Get the Story:
Remote Manitoba First Nation confirms 2 cases of swine flu (CBC 6/4)
Reserve illness 'wake-up call' (The Winnipeg Sun 6/5)
Reserve residents aren't welcome at inn: chief (The Winnipeg Free Press 6/5)
Swine flu outbreak draws attention to reserve's living conditions (CP 6/5)

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