Niagara Health System Issues Clostridium difficile Outbreak Notice

July 5, 2011

The Niagara Health System in Ontario, here Canada, in consultaion with Niagara Region Public Health, has issued a notice declaring C. difficile outbreaks at three Ontario, Canada health sites.  The notice has been updated as of Monday, July 4, 2011.  The three sites are St. Catharines General, Greater Niagara General, and Welland sites.

The outbreak at St. Catharines General was first declared on May 28, 2011.  That site has had a total number of 40 cases declared.   19 of those confirmed cases are currently in-patients, 11 are hospital-acquired and 8 are community-acquired.

The Greater Niagara General Site has had 14 cases since its outbreak was declared on June 23, 2011.  12 of those cases are currently in-patients; 8 are hospital-acquired, and 4 are community-acquired.

The Welland site had its outbreak declaration on June 23, 2011.  It has had 12 cases declared, 9 are in-patients, 7 were hospital-acquired, and 2 were community-acquired.

According to the notice, as of July 4, 2011, there have been 16 patient deaths associated with the outbreak.  Ten deaths have occurred at St. Catharines General and two deaths were associated with the Welland Site outbreak.  Four patients deaths have been blamed for the Greater Niagara General site outbreak.

Reference:  Outbreak Notice.  Niagara Health System — Systeme de Sante de Niagara, July 4, 2011.

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