Thursday, 03 January 2013 07:51

Outbreak declared at Swift Current Care Centre, Palliser Regional Care Centre and Gull Lake

Written by  Cypress Health Region
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Another long term care facility within the health region was determined to be in an ‘outbreak’ situation.

Under the direction of Consulting Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr, the Palliser Regional Care Centre was declared to be in a status of ‘outbreak’ due to an unknown respiratory illness.

This follows on similar declarations at the Swift Current Care Centre and the Gull Lake Care Centre.

Until further notice, all visitations to the Palliser Regional Care Centre will be restricted. The only exceptions will be in situations where an ‘end of life’ scenario exists, where families will be able to discuss visiting options with the facility’s nurse in charge.

A number of long term care residents at the Palliser Regional Care Centre have been identified as experiencing signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness.  Samples will be sent to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Lab in Regina for confirmation of the illness in the facility.

Update: Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Office for Cypress Health, received confirmation this afternoon (Jan. 3) from the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory that specimens from the facility have tested positive for Influenza A.

Influenza A is one of the strains identified in the 2012 influenza vaccination and those that have received their immunization are considered protected.  Immunizations are still available for those wishing to receive one that haven’t already done so.  Appointments can be made for this free immunization by calling 1-866-786-2510 or by calling your local public health office.  Influenza vaccine will be available until April 2013.

The outbreak at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre is due to an unidentified enteric illness.  Samples are being collected and will be sent to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Lab in Regina to confirm the illness.

The region's Infection Control Team is involved with the outbreak and increased infection control efforts are being implemented at the facility. Every effort will be made to eradicate the illness from within the facility.

Visitation at both the Swift Current Care Centre and Gull Lake Special Care Centre continues to be restricted to only end of life situations.

In addition to immunization, it is important to exercise other infection control practices such as frequent handwashing, cough/sneeze etiquette, staying home when you are ill, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces regularly.

The Region has not yet received confirmation of the illness affected the Gull Lake Special Care Centre. An update will be provided as soon as the illness in that facility is known.


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