Flu shuts 2 units at Halifax veterans hospital

A flu-like illness has forced the temporary closure of two units at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building in Halifax, Capital Health says. .

A flu-like illness has forced the temporary closure of two units at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building in Halifax, Capital Health says.

A number of residents at the long-term care hospital have become ill, and visitors are no longer allowed except for compassionate reasons.

"There are eight people on units V6 east and west of the Veterans Memorial Building who have flu-like symptoms," Margaret Angus of the health authority said Sunday. "We only have one confirmed case of influenza at this time, so we chose to close those units to visitors as a precautionary measure.

"We certainly don't want people to bring the flu into the facility or vice versa."

Capital Health asked that people who are sick not visit friends or family in nursing homes or hospitals for at least three days after symptoms end.

Flu symptoms include a fever or cough, with one or more of the following: unusual tiredness, headaches, muscle or joint aches, sore throat.

The Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building houses about 175 of veterans.