The flu: a bit of positive newsMonday, January 21, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT AREA HOSPITAL
Plummer Site Influenza A outbreak over
(January 21, 2013) - Officials from Sault Area Hospital (SAH), in concert with Algoma Public Health, have officially declared the recent Plummer site Influenza A outbreak over.
SAH wishes to thank the public, and especially the families of our patients, for their understanding and cooperation during this time.
A special thanks to staff, physicians, volunteers and Algoma Public Health for their vigilance and hard work in successfully managing the outbreak.
SAH remains vigilant in its surveillance efforts as Influenza A is still active in the community.
Symptoms of Influenza A may include tiredness (malaise), muscle aches, (myalgia), loss of appetite, headache, chills, shortness of breath, cough, fever, stuffy/runny nose or sneezing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or swollen/tender glands in the neck.
It is important that individuals who may be planning to visit the hospital use discretion to safeguard both their safety and that of our patients. Anyone experiencing Influenza-like symptoms is strongly discouraged from visiting.
Those who do come to the hospital are urged to wash their hands often with the solution provided throughout the facility, especially before and after entering patient rooms.
Individuals in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region are also encouraged to consider alternate medical clinics in the city for treatment of non-urgent medical conditions, including the SaultCare Medical Clinic in Cambrian Mall, the Family Medicine and Drop-In Clinic located in the Market Mall and the Group Health Centre Same Day or Walk-In Clinics (for GHC patients only).
Residents are also reminded that they can contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for free access to a Registered Nurse who can assess symptoms and help residents to decide next steps.