A list of current outbreaks in our facilities.
|Date declared||Location||Residential or hospital||Unit and/or program||Outbreak type||Comments|
Last update: August 20, 2018
The current active outbreak list is updated when new outbreaks are declared. When an outbreak is over, the facility is removed from the list.
We ask all visitors to use our hand hygiene stations when they enter and exit our facilities, particularly if there is a reported outbreak.
- If you have any of the following, please do not visit at this time:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Cough or flu-like symptoms
- Hand hygiene stations are located at every entrance/exit in all our facilities and we ask that you use the alcohol-based hand rub so that you don’t bring any germs into the hospital, nor take any home.
- Please read and follow the outbreak notice posters located at the entrance of any unit declared with an outbreak. If you need help or further information, ask one of the staff at the nursing station.
- Help yourself to any disease information pamphlets located on the unit, regarding the particular outbreak.
- You will be asked to repeat hand hygiene just before you enter the patient’s room and immediately when you leave their room.
- If you are visiting someone who is located on an outbreak unit, visitors may be limited to two people at a time. Please do not visit other patient rooms or common areas on the unit such as the lounge and patient kitchenette. We also recommend you don’t visit public areas in the hospital such as the cafeteria and gift shop.
*From time to time, Fraser Health will post a Health Notice when we see increased communicable disease activity in the community. For previous notices, please refer to the Medical Health Officer updates available here.
Community-acquired carbapenemase-producing organism detected (South Surrey/White Rock)
A number of people carrying a carbapenemase-producing organism (CPO), an intestinal bacterium that has acquired resistance to many antibiotics, have been identified in the White Rock area. Most cases have links to two residential communities, Sunnyside Manor and Crescent Gardens.
Most people who carry CPO do not experience illness. The bacteria are present in their gut without causing any symptoms or disease. However, CPO can cause more serious illness if the bacteria spread from the gut into the bladder or bloodstream and an infection develops. People with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of infection.
Fraser Health, working with the affected residential communities and area physicians, is actively investigating this cluster of increased CPO activity, encouraging and facilitating screening, and educating affected persons and facility staff on effective measures to prevent further spread of the bacteria. As part of this investigation, Fraser Health has informed residents, staff, incoming residents, and health care providers of the two community residential facilities about CPO and what they can do to prevent spread.
CPO are spread by contact with a person or surface where the bacteria are present. Activities like sharing personal hygiene items, including towels, can cause spread. The best way to prevent becoming a carrier of CPO is by washing your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.
At this time, there is no increased risk of CPO infection to the general public living or working in the White Rock area.
For questions related to a Fraser Health Residential Care placement, please contact Access, Care and Transitions Team Leader Suzanne Darling at 604-517-8671.
For questions on this CPO cluster, please contact Medical Health Officer Dr. Michael Schwandt at 604-930-5405, extension 765638.