Outbreaks in Effect
(as of Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00 am)
- Tuberculosis - The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is managing an outbreak of tuberculosis in Thunder Bay. Most cases identified to date have occurred in individuals who lack adequate housing. The risk to the general public is extremely low, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is continuing to investigate. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is identifying and will contact people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Additional cases may be identified during this process. Symptoms of tuberculosis include a new cough, coughing up bloody sputum, chest pain, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical care. For more questions please call an Infectious Diseases nurse at 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630.
- Bethammi Nursing Home (April 16). Officials at the Health Unit and St. Joseph's Health Care have declared a facility-wide outbreak of a respiratory illness at the facility, located at 63 Carrie Street. All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.
- Hogarth Riverview Manor (April 16) - Officials at the Health Unit and St. Joseph’s Care Group have declared an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness affecting both the Violet and Trillium Resident Home Areas (7 South and 7 North) of Hogarth Riverview Manor, located at 300 Lillie Street North. Admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities in these Resident Home Areas have been cancelled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (April 13) - A gastrointestinal outbreak on Unit 2A was declared Thursday April 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. The outbreak affects only unit 2A. Restrictions are in place.
The Health Unit reminds the public they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:
- Getting a seasonal flu shot from the Health Unit or local health care provider.
- Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Covering coughs/sneezes with the upper sleeve if no tissue is available.
- Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
- Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.
For Further Information
Call the Infectious Disease or Environmental Health Programs: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free 1-888-294-6630