New home for Sher­brooke Sym­phony Orches­tra Hep­ati­tis A found in Day­care

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Sher­brooke

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.

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