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Flu outbreak at Guelph General Hospital

Guelph General Hospital has declared a flu outbreak that means visitors to one of its units will have to wear masks and take other protective measures.
On Monday, the hospital met with public health officials about a patient who had contracted Influenza A while in hospital, said a hospital news release Tuesday. A staff member working in the same area got the flu as well.
As a result, the local Medical Officer of Health has declared an outbreak in the hospital’s unit 7 East, the release said.
The hospital has taken several steps to help patients and keep the illness from spreading, it said. These steps include putting all the patients in the unit on contact precautions, ongoing monitoring of other patients for symptoms and increasing the cleaning being done in the unit.
Visiting to this unit will be allowed, but all visitors must put on a mask and clean their hands before entering. And once at the entrance to the patient’s room, visitors must put on gowns and gloves to protect both themselves and the patients.
Influenza and other respiratory colds are common at this time of year. Visitors should not come to the hospital if they have unexplained symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea, the release said.
For now, it is business as usual in the rest of the hospital. If no other cases are reported, the earliest the outbreak can be declared over is Feb. 12.

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