3 new cases of dangerous lung disease found in Prince Edward Island

Health officials in Prince Edward Island say three new cases of COVID-19, a dangerous, airborne form of bacteria that has been blamed for a spike in the number of deaths across the province, have…

3 new cases of dangerous lung disease found in Prince Edward Island

Health officials in Prince Edward Island say three new cases of COVID-19, a dangerous, airborne form of bacteria that has been blamed for a spike in the number of deaths across the province, have been identified.

In a statement on the province’s health website, officials said the three infections had been confirmed in the town of Kingston, about 150 kilometres north of the capital, Charlottetown.

The statement says someone has died and a number of others have been infected, but that none of the cases identified were a cause for alarm.

The Health Department says the dangerous bacteria identified were found in spinal fluid collected by a public health worker who investigated a minor car accident earlier this week.

Spokesman Ross Barrett says the secondary infection is rare and the ministry is not recommending people under 24 months old, pregnant women, people suffering from certain heart and blood conditions or those with kidney problems be out of the water, as COVID-19 can get into the body through a common cut.

The Ministry of Health said it had travelled by ferry from Charlottetown to Toronto and back Wednesday to gather information from two health departments on the country, in part to validate its reassessment that the killer bug is widespread in the province.

Overtook Wightman, a regular CBC News sideline reporter from Ontario, was among those infected and was hospitalized for a week before she passed away on Tuesday.

The province reported a total of 495 COVID-19 cases between December 2012 and May 2017, up from 386 reported cases between August 2012 and September 2013.

Results from the first test taken on the province’s infected patients came back Tuesday night with positive results for six of them.

The original test results also included positive results for two healthy people under 24 months old and a pregnant woman.

Barrett says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is also involved in the investigation.

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