Please note the following changes to visitor restrictions in some areas of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre due to separate outbreaks of illness:
Visits to patients on the sixth floor of the Abbie J. Lane Building have been restricted as some patients have symptoms of a norovirus-like illness. Visits are allowed only for compassionate reasons.
Visits to patients in unit 4B, the transitional care unit, at the Victoria General Site remain limited as some patients have respiratory illnesses. Visitors are limited to one immediate family member per resident and no children under 12.
All visitor limits for the sixth floor of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building have been lifted.
Capital Health asks members of the public not to visit hospitals or long term care facilities if they are currently ill, or have close contacts who are or have been ill. Anyone who has been ill should stay away from the hospital for at least three days after his or her symptoms end, as the virus can still be transmitted during that time.
Symptoms of norovirus include sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping.
For more information on norovirus, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus.htm.
Some of the symptoms of the flu include a fever and/or cough with one or more of the following symptoms: unusual tiredness, headaches, muscle or joint aches, sore throat.
Capital Health reminds everyone to wash their hands to reduce the spread of infection.
The seasonal influenza vaccine is available free to all Nova Scotians through family physicians.
For more information on influenza, visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/influenza.asp.