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C. diff reeking havoc on hospital

June 10, 2011
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ST. CATHERINES, ON — Despite stepping up infection control measures, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) continues to spread in St. Catherine''s General Hospital, according to The Standard.

The Niagara Health System has opted to cancel elective surgeries and further restrict visitors while the hospital attempts to get the outbreak under control, the article stated.

According to the article, visiting hours have been shortened and the number of visitors a patient can have in a room has been reduced to two at a time.

"While the number of known cases of hospital-acquired C. difficle has grown to 22, with 16 of the patients in isolation for treatment, most are not actually new cases," said Dr. Jessica Hopkins of the Niagara Public Health Department.

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