CMH declares an end to its norovirus outbreak (April 4)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CMH in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health declared an end to an outbreak on its 3B and 5B Medicine inpatient units.

For Immediate Release:

April 4, 2014

Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health declared an end to an outbreak on its 3B and 5B Medicine inpatient units, which started as a staff outbreak on March 18, 2014. As a result, visitor restrictions to these units have also been lifted as of 1500 hrs. (3:00 p.m.).

In total, 8 patients and over 30 staff fell ill to the norovirus, but there have not been any new cases for five days.

In general, visitors with symptoms of a cold, influenza, or a stomach virus (including diarrhea and/or nausea/vomiting) or those who are otherwise not feeling well are advised to stay home and not enter a hospital until they’ve been symptom-free for two days. Anyone visiting a hospital should clean their hands regularly before, during and after a visit.

These precautions will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to seriously-ill patients.

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Cambridge Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital with over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers providing exceptional care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit www.cmh.org.

For media inquiries contact:
Stephan Beckhoff, MA
Public Affairs and Communications
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
519-621-2333, ext. 2427
sbeckhoff@cmh.org