UPDATE:

Staff at the Stratford General Hospital are dealing with an influenza outbreak.

Vice President Partnerships and Chief Nursing Executive Anne Campbell says as of Tuesday afternoon five patients in the hospital’s Medicine and Stroke Unit have tested positive for the flu.

She says visitors are being asked to stay home if you are feeling under the weather or are having any flu-like symptoms.

In terms of when the outbreak could be declared over, she says it could be a week or more.

The hospital is cautious when lifting an outbreak status, usually waiting 72 hours or more since the last case has cleared up.

She says patients are doing well and being given Tamiflu prophylaxis.

 

A flu outbreak has been declared at the Stratford General Hospital.

The Huron Perth Health Care Alliance says the outbreak is in the hospital’s Medicine and Integrated Stroke Unit.

Vice President Partnerships and Chief Nursing Executive Anne Campbell says four patients in the unit have tested positive for influenza, with all of the unit’s patients now being given Tamiflu prophylaxis.

Hospital visitors are being asked to stay home if you are feeling under the weather or are having any flu-like symptoms.

Campbell says exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds and for immediate family.