Nasty viral illness among Alberta wildfire evacuees increases, spreads

Edmonton – An outbreak of stomach flu is affecting people forced from their homes by the wildfire in the Fort McMurray area.

Alberta Health Services said there were more than 110 cases of what appears to be viral gastroenteritis at some evacuation centres.

“This is not unexpected,” Dr. Chris Sikora, the medical officer of health for Edmonton said Tuesday.

“It will likely take about a week to resolve. We will monitor on a daily basis to see how many cases do show up.”

Sikora said as of Monday there were 105 cases reported in Edmonton, four cases in Calgary and nine in the central zone.

People were suffering from fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Sikora said steps were being taken to prevent the virus from spreading.

He said despite the illnesses the evacuation centres remain safe.

The Canadian Press

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