Rankin Inlet walrus meat tests positive for trichinella

Nunavut's health department is warning people in Rankin Inlet who recently ate raw walrus meat, saying some meat has tested positive for trichinella — the parasitic worm that can give people trichinosis.

Parasitic worm can lead to trichinosis

Some walrus meat in Rankin Inlet recently tested positive for trichinella. (Associated Press)

Nunavut's health department is warning people in Rankin Inlet who recently ate raw walrus meat, saying some meat has tested positive for trichinella — the parasitic worm that can give people trichinosis.

Symptoms include stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness.

If you've eaten uncooked walrus, and are having any of these symptoms, contact the local health centre.

The health department reminds hunters to get walrus meat tested for trichinella.

And if someone gives you walrus meat, ask if it has been tested.

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