ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Mitigation: Community-based Surveillance for Environmental Health

Project Leader(s)

Harper, Sherilee

Globally, the highest rates of self-reported enteric illness (i.e., diarrhea and vomiting) have been reported in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Infectious diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by contaminated drinking water (i.e., waterborne disease), contaminated food (i.e., foodborne disease), or person-to-person contact. To reduce the high rates of diarrhea and vomiting in Northern Canada, we must identify and monitor the pathogens causing illness. This process will help us better understand what pathogens are responsible for illness and how people contract the illness. The goal of this project is to create a participatory, community-based monitoring system to collect information on food and water contamination, and better understand whether or not food and water contamination is causing illness in people in Iqaluit, Canada. The research team will work with northern partners to use the research results to develop potential public health response options to reduce the high rate of illness. Northern collaborators will contribute to all phases of the research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and results dissemination process. Contributes to IRIS: 2, 4