JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
ST. CATHARINES – It’s a clean bill of health for the Niagara Health System as two superbug outbreaks at St. Catharines General have been declared over.
NHS officials said Thursday a outbreak of C. difficile declared on Feb. 1 inside the hospital’s oncology/palliative care unit has ended.
There were a total of five cases associated with the outbreak.
There were no deaths.
Also on Thursday, hospital officials announced an outbreak of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), which was declared on Feb. 8, has been declared over.
The MRSA outbreak was localized withing the ICU/Progressive Care Unit.
An outbreak is declared when the number of hospital-associated cases is higher than what is seen as the normal threshold. There were a total of five cases associated with the outbreak.
“Thank you to all of the staff, physicians and volunteers who worked so diligently to bring an end to the outbreaks as quickly as possible while continuing to provide safe, quality care to patients,” said Kim Stephens-Wood, vice-president of patient services.
“I’d also like to thank patients, families and visitors for their patience and support during the outbreaks.”