Canada’s Rash Outbreak

Canadian authorities are trying to figure out the cause of a severe rash that has afflicted 16 children in a northern Ontario First Nation, leading to their evacuation.

The children, who developed open sores and blisters, are from Kashechewan, which had contaminated water problems a decade ago that led to the evacuation of hundreds of people. Officials are determining whether water problems, mold or overcrowding are causing the children’s rash.

Canada’s Jane Philpott said the water has been tested and found safe; she suggested the rash is caused by infection but did not offer details. News of the outbreak started when the former chief of Kashechewan First Nation Derek Stephen put photos on Facebook of his niece and other children with the rash.


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