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Certain parents of children at Preston Centre alerted to risk of severe illness

December 23, 2020

The Public Health Department has contacted parents of children in a class at Preston Centre daycare in Chisasibi after a child was diagnosed with a severe bacterial infection.


Haemophilus influenza is a bacteria found in the nose and throat of healthy children and adults. On rare occasions, it can cause serious infections, such as meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain).

There is a small possibility that another child or adult who had close contact with the case at the daycare might also develop a severe infection.

To minimize the risk, the clinic in Chisasibi has provided parents of certain children with a preventative four-day dose of an antibiotic called Rifampin.

Parents have also been instructed to watch for signs of illness, particularly in the next two weeks. If a child develops a fever, looks sick or seems unusually irritable or lethargic, parents should call their local clinic or hospital.


Please note

  • The Cree Health Board would like to remind parents that it is very important that your child complete the 4-day course of Rifampin for this treatment to be effective. 
  • In such a small dose, the side effects of Rifampin are minimal but may include an upset stomach. The drug may also turn a child’s urine orange temporarily.
  • The nurse or CHR at the clinic will be able to answer parents' questions about the treatment and potential side-effects. 



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