Visitor Restrictions Lifted After Enterovirus Outbreak at Parkland Place in Melfort

(Last Updated On: October 3, 2017)

Kelsey Trail Health Region News Release Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Visitor restrictions in place in the D2 House in Parkland Place were lifted today by the Kelsey Trail Health Region Medical Health Officer, Dr. Mohammad Khan.

An outbreak was declared in the D2 House of the long-term care facility on September 14th after symptoms associated with respiratory illness were reported among four residents and two staff. Symptoms included a cough and fatigue.

In total, 11 long-term care residents and 10 staff in two houses within the longer term care facility were impacted by the outbreak. Lab tests confirmed the cause of the outbreak as Enterovirus or Rhinovirus.

An outbreak is declared when a minimum of three residents, patients, clients or staff display symptoms of respiratory illness in a twenty-four hour period. As a result of the outbreak, long-term care resident activities were canceled and precautions were put in place to help contain and minimize the spread of the virus.

“Visitors are asked to stay away from healthcare facilities when they are showing signs of illness,” stated Dr. Khan. “Visitors are also asked to exercise caution, including using hand cleanser or hand sanitizer, when entering and leaving health care facilities in an effort to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.”

The public can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses by:
 Always thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water;
 Use hand sanitizer frequently, particularly if hand washing is not immediately possible;
 Use a tissue or the sleeve of your clothing to cover coughs and sneezes;
 Clean all surfaces thoroughly, especially taps, railings, door handles, and counters, at home and where
groups of people congregate; and
 If ill, stay at home for at least 48 hours after the last symptoms to prevent spread to others.