As new strains strike, brace for norovirus outbreaks that can sicken staff, patients

November 2007
Hospital Employee Health;Nov2007, Vol. 26 Issue 11, p121
The article focuses on measures to control norovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities and hospitals in Canada. The outbreaks afflict not only the patients but the staff as well, leading to absenteeism and staff shortages. A previous norovirus outbreak at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan afflicted 34 patients, 88 staff and 16 physicians. Measures implemented at the hospital include restriction of staff in affected areas, closure of units to new admissions or transfers and thorough cleaning.


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