An outbreak of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in the Complex Care Trillium Unit at the Greater Niagara General Hospital 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 13 cases associated with the outbreak.
The MRSA outbreak was declared on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Increased infection prevention and control measures were put in place immediately to help control the spread of MRSA and bring the outbreak to an end.
All infection prevention and control measures will remain in place.
There are no outbreaks at the NHS currently.
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.