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Posted November 27, 2012

Community Health

Grand River Hospital expands influenza A outbreak on Union Terrace Two at Freeport Site

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital is still limiting visitors on UT2 at its Freeport Site as the influenza A outbreak declared on Thursday, November 22 has been expanded to include a new affected patient from the UT2 west court. The three affected patients are stable, isolated from other patients and receiving treatment.

GRH has taken several steps to help patients and keep the illness from spreading. These include:

• Isolating the three patients with symptoms and postponing group activities;
• Aggressive cleaning throughout the unit;
• Ongoing monitoring of other patients for symptoms; and
• Limiting visiting on all of UT2 until further notice. Group activities and visiting elsewhere within the facility are continuing at present.

GRH will continually review the status of the outbreak and keep patients, staff and the community updated.

Influenza and other respiratory colds are common at this time of year. Visitors with symptoms of a cold, influenza, a stomach virus or are not feeling well are advised to stay home and not enter a hospital until they’ve been symptom-free for two days. Anyone visiting a hospital should wash and sanitize their hands regularly before, during and after a visit.

These precautions will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to seriously-ill patients.

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