FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local parents received a letter from School District 60 on Friday addressing Health Canada’s recent advisory about the misuse of COVID-19 test kits.

Health Canada’s advisory issued last Thursday delved into the misuse or accidental ingestion or spillage of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit solutions on the skin. This came around 50 reports to poison control centres related to accidental exposure, the advisory states.

SD 60 says the letter was being shared out of an abundance of caution to ensure parents were aware of the advisory. Health Canada says the kits are safe and effective when the instructions are properly followed.

The kits feature liquid solutions with chemical preservatives, such as sodium azide and Proclin, that may be poisonous if ingested or absorbed through the skin, particularly in children and pets, Health Canada said.

Small doses of sodium azide can lower blood pressure, and larger amounts may cause more severe health effects. Proclin contains chemicals that can cause skin and eye irritation, as well as allergic reactions.

To read Health Canada’s advisory, click here.