Nova Scotia

Illness closes medical unit at Truro hospital

A gastrointestinal illness has forced a medical unit at the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro to be temporarily closed to visitors.

A gastrointestinal illness has forced a medical unit at the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro to be temporarily closed to visitors.

Over the past few days, approximately a dozen patients and staff have developed symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, according to a statement from the Colchester East Hants Health Authority.

The 4-South medical unit — which includes rooms 400-412, 415, 417 and 418 — are affected by the temporary closure.

Staff on the medical unit are making contact with family members and are assessing the number of cases daily to determine whether visitor restrictions can be lifted, the health authority said.

Additional housekeeping staff have also been assigned to the affected unit.

"The best way to protect ourselves from getting a stomach bug or other common illnesses is to keep our hands clean," Dr. Robin Taylor, medical officer of health for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, said in a statement.

"Washing our hands regularly and ensuring we handle and serve food properly are key to preventing illness year-round and this is no exception."

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