Unit one of Charlottetown's Queen Elizabeth Hospital remains closed to visitors, as the source of an illness causing diarrhea is still undetermined.
'We don't know exactly what the cause is.'— Dr. Rosemary Henderson
A 24-hour visitor restriction was put in place Monday on the orthopedic and medical nursing unit after several patients came down with a gastro-intestinal illness over the weekend.
No one else has become ill in the last 24 hours. The patients were put in isolation and extra room cleaning took place, but health officials say they want to have a full 72 hours of no new illnesses before lifting the restrictions.
"At the moment the testing that we've done on all of patients who have experienced diarrhea has not revealed a common source, so we don't know exactly what the cause is," said hospital medical director Dr. Rosemary Henderson.
"We are presuming it might be a virus, but we don't know exactly which one, so we don't have an actual incubation period to go on. And so in those cases we like to aim for 72 hours of no new cases before we make too many changes."
Health officials will reassess the situation on Thursday morning and make a decision before visiting hours begin in the afternoon. All the patients who had become ill are now recovering.