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MRSA outbreak declared over at Niagara Health System

Posted Aug 24th, 2012

An outbreak of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) outbreak in the Trillium Unit at the Greater Niagara General Site has been declared over today.

An outbreak is declared when the number of hospital-associated cases is higher than what is seen as the normal threshold. There were a total of 8 cases in the unit since July 30.

The MRSA outbreak was on declared Monday, July 30, 2012.

“Thanks to all of the staff, physicians and volunteers who worked diligently to provide the best possible patient care while also ensuring heightened infection prevention and control measures,” says Kim Stephens-Woods, Vice President, Patient Services. “These efforts helped to control the spread of MRSA and bring the outbreak to an end as quickly as possible. We also remind everyone coming in to and exiting the hospital sites of the importance of good hand hygiene; it is vital in helping to prevent the spread of superbugs. “

About MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people. Occasionally S. aureus can cause an infection. When S. aureus develops resistance to certain antibiotics, it is called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA. MRSA is spread from one person to another by contact, usually on the hands.

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