Hospital restricts visitors after outbreak of “gastric illness”

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The Deep River and District Hospital has restricted visitors to the health care facility.

In a statement released Monday, the hospital announced that public health has declared an outbreak of “gastric illness” on the hospital’s medical floor as well as in the Four Seasons Lodge long-term care.

“With a mix of staff, patients, residents, and visitors experiencing gastric symptoms, visiting restrictions have been put into effect to prevent further spread of the illness,” the hospital said.

“Common symptoms of gastric illness include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and fever.”\

Among other outbreak precautions put into effect, the hospital said visiting has been restricted in an effort to contain the spread of illness, and to protect staff, patients and residents.

“All non-essential visitors (anyone other than those visiting critically ill or palliative patients/residents) will be asked to not visit until the outbreak is contained and visiting restrictions are re-evaluated.”

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