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Updated: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:42:22 GMT | By CBC News,

Sick infants medevaced from Baker Lake

Sick infants medevaced from Baker Lake

Nunavut health officials say several babies have been medevaced out of the territory due to respiratory illnesses.

"I know we had had some medevacs in Baker Lake, mainly infants, in fact they've all been infants," said Dr. Geraldine Osborne, Nunavut's acting chief medical officer of health.

"There have been seven medevacs in the past two weeks. It's all babies who have had respiratory illnesses.”

Nunavut's health department confirmed there was one case of RSV in Baker Lake in December. Osborne said they are awaiting the results for six more tests done on infants.

She said infants are most affected by RSV infections.

Osborne said she does not consider the situation to be an outbreak but says many people have the flu.

Osborne said one way to prevent spreading viruses is to wash hands, and cough or sneeze into the sleeve area. She added smokers should smoke outside.

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