Moss­man Hospi­tal bat­tles in­fluenza A

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IN­FEC­TION con­trol pre­cau­tions are be­ing im­ple­mented fol­low­ing the out­break of in­fluenza A af­fect­ing patients and staff at the Moss­man Multi-Pur­pose Health Ser­vice.

As at Au­gust 2, five patients have been con­firmed as hav­ing In­fluenza A with a fur­ther two patients dis­play­ing flu-like symp­toms await­ing test re­sults.

Seven­teen staff have dis­played flu-like symp­toms and re­main at home on sick leave. Ad­di­tional staff have been called in. Ser­vices re­main un­af­fected.

A num­ber of mea­sures have been put into place to con­trol the out­break, ac­cord­ing to Dr Trent Yar­wood, the CHHHS Health Ser­vice In­fec­tious Dis­eases Physi­cian.

These in­clude pro­vid­ing Oseltamivir, an an­tivi­ral med­i­ca­tion, to all patients and staff with flu-like symp­toms, as well as pro­vid­ing Oseltamivir to all oth­ers as a pro­phy­lac­tic.

In line with stan­dard pro­ce­dures in manag­ing com­muni- ca­ble dis­ease out­breaks, the hospi­tal has taken pre­cau­tions to pre­vent the fur­ther spread of the virus, in­clud­ing lim­it­ing vis­i­tors, re­strict­ing new ad­mis­sions, and ask­ing those staff who feel un­well to stay away from work.

In ad­di­tion, staff are wear­ing per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment such as fa­cial masks and us­ing strict hy­giene mea­sures to limit the po­ten­tial spread of in­fec­tion.

Patients with in­fluenza and those sus­pected to have in­fluenza have been iso­lated where pos­si­ble.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Editor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

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