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Flu Outbreak At Windsor Hospital

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus has declared an outbreak of the Influenza B virus in the 7 Medical Unit at the downtown hospital. There are two confirmed cases and two probable.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced the first seasonal case of Influenza B on November 9 last year. The WECHU disclosed that the 2016-17 figures included, “160 lab confirmed cases of influenza and 6 deaths attributed to influenza, with the first case being reported on October 21, 2016.”

In response to the WRH outbreak, authorities have implemented precautionary measures which restrict patient transfers, visitors, and movement through the unit. Additionally, patients displaying symptoms are required to wear a mask if they are medically required to leave 7 Medical.

Staff working in 7 Medical are also required to remain in the unit as much as possible and are restricted from eating and drinking in patient areas.

“The province is bracing for a challenging flu season,” Dr Wajid Ahmed, the acting Medical Officer of Health, said in a release in November. “The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza remains higher for this time of year compared to previous seasons”.

Flu symptoms start between one to three days after a person is exposed. People with the flu can spread the virus before they experiencing any symptoms. The virus can be spread through the air and can survive on surfaces for several hours.

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