London Health Sciences Centre reports
Influenza at Victoria Hospital


For Immediate Release:

December 31, 2010

LONDON, Ontario - London Health Sciences Centre and the Middlesex London Health Unit reported an outbreak of Influenza on a wing at London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital. This outbreak was declared because of one confirmed case of Influenza A and three additional symptomatic patients. It is suspected that the most likely transmission route is from patients' visitors.

Outbreak measures were put in place December 30, 2010, which included restricting staff flow in and out of the wing. Further restrictions on visitors have also been implemented. “Occupational Health will follow up with all staff, including physicians who are working in the area of the outbreak. Anyone who has not had their flu vaccine 2 weeks ago or longer will be given Tamiflu before they can work in the outbreak area” said Dr. Michael John, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

“Our primary concern is always the health and well-being of our patients,” said Brian Orr, Regional Vice-President for Cancer Services. “Our dedicated professionals continue to work hard to control the spread of Influenza and we are confident we will soon be able to bring this outbreak status to an end.”


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information, visit

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