The Niagara Health System has declared an outbreak of VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) in C4 East at the St. Catharines General Hospital site.
An outbreak is declared when the number of hospital-associated cases is higher than the determined normal threshold. There have been five cases in C4 East since Jan. 5, of this year, and three are currently in the hospital.
The NHS says it has put all infection prevention and control measures in place to control the spread of the infection and bring the outbreak to an end as quickly as possible.
Enterococci are germs that live in the bowels of most people and does not usually cause harm. Some strains are resistance to the antibiotic Vancomycin. And if a person has an infection caused by VRE, such as a urinary tract infection or blood infection, it makes it more difficult to treat.