Media Update from The Scarborough Hospital re: C. difficile



    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - The following information is being released in
response to media enquiries.
    A number of patients have tested positive for the Clostridium difficile
(also known as "C. difficile") bacterium at The Scarborough Hospital. As with
all cases of C. difficile, we are taking this very seriously, however, these
are sporatic cases and therefore are not reflective of an outbreak. There is
no indication at this point that any of the cases at TSH involve the Quebec
strain of C. difficile.
    Media should note that like all acute care hospitals of our size we
experience patients with positive tests for C. difficile. Currently, the
number of patients infected with the bacterium are within the rate of what we
normally experience at this time. The number of patients can vary on a daily
basis.
    The safety of our patients is our priority. Strict infection control
protocols are always underway at TSH and we continue to take measures to
minimize any likelihood of spreading the bacterium, including hand-washing
requirements, enhanced environmental cleaning of patient rooms and other
facilities within the hospital, and isolation of symptomatic patients.





For further information:

For further information: Sherian Mondesir, (416) 431-8200 ext. 6594,
smondesir@tsh.to

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