Outbreaks

Current outbreaks in hospitals and residential care facilities

Outbreaks

On this page you will find a list of the outbreaks and or infectious diseases such as of C.difficile, norovirus and the flu that have been declared at facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services.

Last updated February 22, 2017.

What is an outbreak?

Outbreaks occur when infected people, including patients, staff, volunteers, contracted workers and visitors, come to our hospitals and others become infected.

The medical health officer determines when an outbreak will be declared. Generally, an outbreak is declared if three or more cases involving patients and/or staff occur within a designated time frame and in a specific area or unit. For C. difficile, an outbreak is declared when the number of cases increases above what is normally experienced.

What should I do when an outbreak occurs?

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands and to get an annual flu shot.

Please reconsider visiting hospitals or care homes if you have had a fever or intestinal problem in the three days before your visit.

For more information, follow the extra precautions outlined for visitors of patients who are infected.

How does VCH respond to an outbreak?

We have strict infection control protocols that are immediately followed when an outbreak is declared. Our goal is to prevent the further spread of the infection through:

  • Careful monitoring
  • Increased housekeeping
  • Restricting patient admissions and transfers from outbreak wards or facilities.