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C-difficile outbreak declared at OSMH

8/9/2010 12:00:00 AM

(Monday August 9, 2010 - Orillia, ON) –  Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH), in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health (SMDHU), has declared an outbreak due to an increase in the number of C-difficile cases over the last two months.


“We’ve seen a noticeable spike with 7 hospital-acquired C-difficile cases during the month of the July and 3 more already in August,” said Cindi Wigston, Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator for OSMH.  “Our baseline is normally between 1-3 cases per month.” 


No visiting restrictions are being implemented at this time but visitors are reminded to wash their hands thoroughly when they arrive at the hospital, and whenever they exit or enter a patient care area.


The hospital has implemented additional cleaning precautions and heightened surveillance.


Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) that serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      

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