January 20, 2020
An outbreak of
gastrointestinal illness at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth
Community Hospital has been declared over.
The outbreak had been confirmed on the Inpatient Unit on January 9, 2020.
“The impact on
our patients, their families and on our entire health care team during an
outbreak is significant,” says Larry Morrell, Infection Control Practitioner. “Being able to declare the outbreak over is a
testament to our team’s dedication and commitment to ensuring a safe
environment and I thank all for their efforts.”
responsible for the outbreak was identified as Norovirus. Norovirus is commonly referred to as the
stomach flu and causes an infection in the stomach and intestines. This infection is not caused by the influenza
is very contagious and has 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
Visitors are reminded about the importance of handwashing
when spending time with their loved ones in a hospital environment and should
not visit if feeling unwell.
“Handwashing really is key to stopping the spread of illnesses,” adds Morrell.