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Welland Site’s Extended Care Unit experiencing enteric outbreak

Posted Jan 3rd, 2012 in News

The Niagara Health System is experiencing an enteric outbreak on the Extended Care Unit of the Welland Site.

Five residents in the Extended Care Unit are showing symptoms; two staff are showing symptoms and off work.

The outbreak was declared today in conjunction with Niagara Region Public Health. All infection prevention and control measures are in place to bring the outbreak to an end as quickly as possible.

Enteric outbreaks cause gastrointestinal illness. Main symptoms are vomiting and/or diarrhea. The illness usually begins suddenly and the person may feel very sick. Symptoms last for 24 to 48 hours in a healthy individual, but it can take longer for some people.

Enteric outbreaks can spread directly from person-to-person, by touching contaminated surfaces, from contaminated food, and other sources.

Everyone is reminded to clean their hands regularly to decrease the chance of becoming ill. Illnesses like this are very common in the community.

Only 2 visitors per resident are permitted during the outbreak unless for compassionate reasons. Visitors are asked to visit their family members only.

Niagara Health System