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Soldiers’ lifts Strep precautions

4/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

An outbreak of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital has been brought under control. As a result, the restrictions on the Soldiers’ 1 medical unit have been lifted.


“Soldiers’ will continue with the active surveillance of our patients, however the precautionary use of masks is no longer required for all staff, physicians, volunteers and visitors on Soldiers’ 1,” said Cindi Wigston, Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator/Quality Leader at Soldiers’. “Thank you to all the staff and patients who were involved in the screening process.”


Last week precautionary measures were put in place after four patients on Soldiers’ 1 tested positive for GAS. All patients and staff who may have come in contact with the affected individuals have since been screened, and laboratory tests have confirmed that all are negative.


Soldiers’ continues to ask the public to thoroughly wash their hands before entering – and after exiting – hospital property to prevent the spread of germs.


For more information please contact:

Jaclyn Bucik, Public Affairs Coordinator
Tel: (705) 325-2201 ext. 3617
Email: jabucik@osmh.on.ca

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