New home for Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra Hepatitis A found in Daycare
Yesterday,the Centre Quebecor du Seminaire Salesien was inaugurated, giving the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra a new home for the next fifteen years. The new hall was built following an agreement between the City of Sherbrooke and the Seminaire Salesien in the amount of $450,000, $54,000 each year for ten years. Other musical groups and organizations will also be able to rent the multi-functional hall. “With this announcement, the City demonstrates that it continues to exercise its leadership in the domain of culture. In effect, this new centre will increase Sherbrooke’s cultural offering,” said Bernard Sevigny, the mayor of Sherbrooke.
TheDirection de santé publique (DSP) of the Estrie region has been informed of a case of hepatitis A in a person going to a Magog daycare during their period of contagion. The name of the daycare has not been revealed.
Hepatitis A is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver. Symptoms of the illness are fever, general malaise, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and abdominal discomfort. The infection can also cause yellowing of the skin, dark urine and pale bowel movements. Yellowing occurs more often in adults that contract the illness. Most children under five do not present symptoms, however, the illness is more serious when contracted by older children and adults.
The virus is present in the feces of people with the illness. It is transmitted from one person to another by water, food, drinks and objects (toys) that have been contaminated by hands that were not washed properly. It can also be transmitted through sexual relations with an infected person. Even people who have Hepatitis A but do not have any symptoms can still transmit the infection.
When a case of Hepatitis A has been found in a daycare that cares for children still in diapers, besides the regular hygiene measures like washing hands and the disinfection of the environment, a preventative vaccination is recommended to all of the children and personnel to prevent it spreading. The vaccination against this infection is effective when it is given within two weeks of initial exposure to the virus.
For more information about Hepatitis A contact InfoSanté at 811.