Outbreak of C. difficile Declared at St. Mary’s

September 25th, 2015

September 25, 2015 (Kitchener) – In cooperation with Waterloo Region Public Health, St. Mary’s General Hospital today declared an outbreak of C. difficile on four inpatient units.

There are currently six inpatients with C. difficile, a bacteria found in the bowel. Three of these patients acquired the infection in hospital, the other three came to hospital with the infection. Patients are being monitored and treated appropriately.

The outbreak is being declared on Inpatient Cardiac and General Surgery (3W), Cardiology (3E) and the Chest Unit (600) and the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In the affected areas, dedicated nursing is being provided for all positive cases and all patients are in isolation.

Enhanced cleaning is underway. While there are currently no visitor restrictions, visitors are asked, as always, to adhere to infection control practices. A certain number of patients with C. difficile infection are normally expected in hospital settings, and some fluctuation in rates over time can occur.

This is the first outbreak of C. difficile at St. Mary’s since 2012. “We have had consistently low rates of C. difficile for the past several years,” said Dr. William Ciccotelli, Medical Director, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiologist. “We are taking this situation very seriously and will work closely with Public Health to resolve it as quickly as possible,” he said.

 

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Anne Kelly, Interim Manager of Communications
519-749-6578, ext. 1501
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akelly@smgh.ca