Investigators look for answers in baby’s death on Alberta First Nation

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CALGARY — RCMP are still looking for answers after an infant died and 14 others were taken to hospital from an Alberta First Nation.

Police and paramedics were called Wednesday to Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation 60 kilometres west of Calgary, to check on a report of a child in medical distress.

A four-month-old baby was declared dead at the scene and the others were suffering from influenza-like symptoms.

RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters says investigators will remain at the home at least for today and he expects Alberta Health Services may be involved as well.

Peters says the people in hospital are not quarantined, but it might take some time to figure out what happened.

He said an autopsy on the baby should be done today or Friday.

Peters says it’s not unusual for people to fall ill, but having 15 in the same house is “weird.”

“It’s unusual and that’s why it has generated so much interest,” he said Thursday. “I understand why people are wondering. So are we and we’ve got to figure it out.”

EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux has said 10 children and four young adults were taken to hospital. One young child was in serious condition, while the rest were stable.

The symptoms were mainly respiratory, said Brideaux.

“Largely these are the typical symptoms we see in any seasonal flu,” he said. “Somebody may have some shortness of breath. They may have a fever. They may be feeling just generally unwell.”

 

The Canadian Press

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