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Soldiers’ Takes Precautions Against Bacteria

3/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia is investigating four cases of a bacterial infection known Group A Streptococcal Infection. Over the month of March, four patients in the hospital’s Soldiers’1 medical unit have tested positive for the bacteria. One patient has recovered and been released from hospital, while another patient is recovering. Two patients, who were elderly and suffered from multiple health problems, have since died.


As a precaution, all staff and patients who may have come in close contact with the affected individuals are being assessed. All staff and visitors to the unit must wear a mask and wash their hands carefully before entering any patient room on the unit. The precautions will be in place for at least the next week, and will be reassessed at that time.


Group A Streptococci are common bacteria that can exist in the throat or on the skin, including in healthy individuals. The germ can cause strep throat and wound infections, but can also cause more serious complications of the skin and organs, especially in individuals who are elderly and and already ill with other diseases.


Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital has called on the expertise of infection control experts at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto to provide advice and assistance in implementing precautions. The hospital is also working in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. A SMDHU fact sheet on the bacteria is attached.


For more information please contact:

Sharon Burkhart, Director of Public Affairs
Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: sburkhart@osmh.on.ca

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