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Visitors not allowed due to MRSA

September 08, 2011
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BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA — Visitation on the fourth-floor medical unit of the hospital in Bridgewater has been shut down after about a third of patients tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to The Chronicle Herald.

"We have 10 new cases, and that''s out of the ordinary for us," said Elizabeth Watson, infection control practitioner for South Shore Health.

The hospital is reviewing staff procedures to ensure they are following protocol for handwashing and equipment cleaning, while also reviewing patients’ underlying conditions to see if they could be a factor, the article stated.

According to the article, the unit will remain closed until further notice, but the hospital will make exceptions for the immediate families of critically ill patients.

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