Children's hospital hopes to reopen quarantined ward after rotavirus outbreak

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is hoping to be able toreopen a quarantined unit sometime this week after an outbreak of therotavirus infected six patients and may have contributed to the deathof one infant, a hospital spokesperson said.

 

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is hoping to be able to reopen a quarantined unit sometime this week after an outbreak of the rotavirus infected six patients and may have contributed to the death of one infant, a hospital spokesperson said.

 

According to spokesperson Marie Belanger, no new cases have been reported and the six patients are on the mend.

 

The rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that affects children younger than five. The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea, with symptoms lasting up to nine days.

 

Belanger said they are doing a thorough disinfection on the units.

“We have to be very cautious and very clean with everything that we do so we don’t spread it,” she said.

 
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