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First Nations fear return of tuberculosis

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says the rising rate of tuberculosis poses disaster for Native people.

Guy Lonechild, the acting chief of FSIN, called for immediate action to address risk factors for Native people. They include overcrowding, poor overall health and a lack of disease prevention.

Saskatchewan has seen a 100 percent increase in new TB infections. More than half of TB cases are in northern Saskatchewan, home to dozens of First Nations.

"That is more than enough evidence that we�ve got to do something or something is going to get out of hand real quick," Lonechild told the Canadian Press.

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Jump in TB cases called a warning (CP 10/2)
Sask. tuberculosis infections on the rise (CBC 10/2)

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