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Update, January 10th: GRH has now lifted the gastro-intestinal outbreak at the hospital's adult mental health unit.
Grand River Hospital declares gastro-intestinal outbreak on portion of adult inpatient mental health
January 5 2012

Grand River Hospital has declared an outbreak of a gastro-intestinal illness on the north wing of its adult inpatient mental health unit at the KW Site. Five patients have symptoms consistent with a stomach virus, including nausea and diarrhea.

GRH has taken several steps to help patients and keep the illness from spreading. These include:
• Isolating patients with symptoms and postponing group therapy activities;
• Aggressive cleaning throughout the unit; and
• Postponing visiting to the north part of the unit until further notice. Group activities and visiting elsewhere within the mental health program are continuing.

GRH will review the status of the outbreak in a week. A unit must be free of new cases for five days before an outbreak can be lifted.

Colds, influenza and stomach viruses are especially common in the community at this time of year. Anyone going to a hospital should wash and sanitize their hands regularly before, during and after a visit.

Visitors with symptoms of a cold, influenza or a stomach virus are advised to stay home and not enter a hospital until they’ve been symptom-free for two days. This precaution will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to seriously ill patients.

For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788
Pager: (519) 244-3088
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