Jan. 24: Influenza B outbreak on one unit at St. Peter’s Hospital
January 24, 2014
Influenza B outbreak on one unit at St. Peter’s Hospital
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 an outbreak of Influenza B was declared at St. Peter’s Hospital on Lincoln Terrace – Behavioural Health unit after three patients were confirmed to have Influenza B. Currently, there are four patients with confirmed Influenza B on this unit. As a result, the unit is currently closed to new admissions and transfers.
Lincoln Terrace remains open to visitors at this time, however individuals who are feeling unwell are encouraged to postpone their visit until they are feeling better. Staff are providing visitors with information about Influenza B and instructions around necessary precautions.
Staff members and physicians are working diligently to contain the outbreak and prevent further spread, and enhanced infection prevention and control measures have been implemented. Tamiflu prophylaxis is being offered to staff members and patients, staff members and visitors are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as required, and extra cleaning is being carried out on the unit.
Hamilton Health Sciences, in partnership with Hamilton Public Health, is monitoring this situation closely and will provide updates. All other clinics and services at St. Peter’s are continuing to function as usual.
Hamilton Health Sciences staff and physicians would like to remind the public to take extra precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases. Please remember to:
• Wash your hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
• Get a flu shot every year and keep your immunizations up-to-date to help keep your immune system healthy.
• If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting a loved one in hospital until you are feeling better.
For more information, please contact:
Public Relations & Communications, Hamilton Health Sciences
Tel.: (905) 521-2100 ext. 76589