Outbreak of stomach bug at BGH

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – The east wing of the first floor at Brockville General Hospital is under restrictions after an outbreak of a stomach bug.

Administrators at BGH declared a so-called enteric outbreak today (Feb. 2) and has notified the local health unit.

While the unit isn’t closed to the public, people are being strongly encouraged to limit visiting people.

If you do visit, you’re asked to make sure to wash your hands before and after your visit.

According to the Ministry of Health, these illnesses normally cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever.

They are transmitted through ingesting contaminated water or food and can also be passed on through direct or indirect exposure to bodily fluids from an infected person.

An enteric outbreak is declared when three or more cases happen in a four day period, according to Ottawa Public Health criteria.

Brockville General Hospital dealt with a similar outbreak during the first week of February last year, which lasted four days.

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