“In response to
the outbreak, we are reminding everyone to clean their hands upon entering and
exiting the hospital, patient care areas and patient rooms,” says Andrew
Williams, HPHA President & CEO.
“Hand washing is key to stopping the spread of bacteria.”
known as the stomach flu, causes an infection in the stomach and intestines
called gastroenteritis. This infection
is not caused by the influenza virus.
individuals with gastro infection will experience one to three days of nausea,
vomiting, and watery diarrhea,” says Larry Morrell, Infection Control
Practitioner. “Other symptoms may include
fever, headache, and stomach cramps.”
infections have been linked to outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhea in day
nurseries, schools, long term care homes, cruise ships, camps, dormitories,
restaurants, households and other places where people gather in groups. A person who is ill with a gastro infection
is most often able to spread the virus up to 48 hours after the symptoms
patients at the hospital are required to follow any posted instructions and are
asked to limit their interaction to one patient per visit. Those visiting infected patients will be
required to wear gloves and gowns and must use the hand sanitizer provided to
wash their hands upon leaving the patient’s room. Patients with symptoms are being isolated and
common areas have been restricted.
“We are working
with Huron Perth Public Health to take all possible steps to stop the
transmission of the virus, prevent any further infection, maintain bed
availability and provide the best care to our patients,” adds Williams.
also reminded that if they aren’t feeling well, they should postpone their
visit to at least 48 hours after symptoms clear.
continue to update the community, as more or changing information occurs.