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Trading posts brought tuberculosis to Quebec Arctic: study


Genetic research suggests the arrival of permanent trading posts in Arctic Quebec meant more than easier access to flour and metal cookware for Inuit families.

A newly published paper from McGill University concludes that's how tuberculosis was introduced into the region as well.

"It would appear that the tuberculosis epidemic dates to permanent interaction with some outside people," said lead author Marcel Behr.


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