Mossman Hospital battles influenza A
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.
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Mossman Hospital: five cases reported this week