Influenza A Outbreak declared on B2 Rehabilitation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Influenza A Outbreak declared on B2 Rehabilitation

CMH, in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, has declared an influenza A (respiratory) outbreak on the B2 Rehabilitation Unit this afternoon (March 14).  As a result of this declaration, visitor restrictions of one visitor per patient is in effect immediately and will continue until the there are no new cases for five days. The symptoms for this illness include fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, head ache, chest and/or nasal congestion. At this time, the outbreak has impacted patients only.

Restrictions include:

  • Visitors should avoid the unit, especially if they feel ill or have a compromised immune system. They are to take necessary precautions as prescribed by staff when visiting.
  • Staff restrictions are in place limiting mobility of staff and dedicating staff (nursing and housekeeping) to the unit.
  • Healthcare professionals (e.g., Allied Health, physicians and laboratory) should visit B2 Rehabilitation Unit last when doing their rounds. Group activities should not take place until the outbreak is over and volunteers have been advised to avoid activity on the Rehab Unit for the duration of the outbreak.
  • Food Services will deliver trays to patient rooms; the dining room will not be in-service until this outbreak is declared over.

How to protect yourself:

  • Your best protection is to clean your hands
  • Wear protective personal equipment when visiting loved ones.
  • Do not share food or drink while in hospital

Signage has been posted at entrances to Rehab.  Cleaning and disinfection of the environment will be enhanced in this area.


Barry Vermeersch

Director of Laboratory, Infection Prevention & Control, Cardiorespiratory Services