Flu closes Mount Sinai nursery

A Toronto hospital has closed one of its nurseries to new admissionsafter a number of babies were exposed to someone infected with swineflu.

A Toronto hospital has closed one of its nurseries to new admissions after a number of babies were exposed to someone infected with swine flu.

The hospital’s head of infection control, Dr. Allison McGeer, said none of the babies in the unit is showing signs of infection with the new flu virus.

For now, she said, Mount Sinai Hospital has decided against giving the infants the antiviral drug Tamiflu on a prophylactic or preventative basis.

McGeer said there were 15 or 16 infants in the Level 2 nursery when the person who later tested positive for the H1N1 virus was in the unit on Monday. Several infants have since been allowed to go home and there were 13 babies still in the nursery Thursday afternoon, she said.

 
 
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