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October 31, 2012


Simcoe, ON – Norfolk General Hospital has lifted precautionary measures following an outbreak of Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile) which began October 1, 2012.

“We have worked closely with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit for several weeks leading up to and during the outbreak. Control measures have been successful and we have not seen any new cases for over four weeks. As a result, we are able to officially declare the outbreak over,” said Mark Jefferson, NGH infection control director.

A total of six cases were identified during the outbreak which moved the hospital to isolate and control visitation in affected areas. Additional measures included enhanced surveillance, increased cleaning and the use of a strengthened disinfectant in all identified patient rooms.

“Hospital staff is to be commended for their efforts. The outbreak was identified early, effective control measures were put into place and the outbreak was declared over as quickly as it could have been,” said Stacey Guthrie, Public Health.

Thank you to all patients and their family members for abiding by infection control precautions during the outbreak. All visitors entering and exiting the hospital or nursing home should always practice good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria or viruses.

The NGH health care team remains diligent in their efforts to prevent potential outbreaks from reoccurring and thank the public for their cooperation.

For additional information related to C. difficile please visit the infection control area of the hospitals website .


For more information:

Mark Jefferson

Norfolk General Hospital

Infection Control Director

(519) 426-0130 Ext. 3454


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