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Gastro-Intestinal Illness Outbreaks Declared Over

June 7, 2016

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is no longer seeing an increase in gastro-intestinal illness (GI) at any evacuation/reception centre related to the Fort McMurray fire.

As of 4 p.m., Monday, June 6, all GI outbreaks previously declared at these facilities have now been declared over.

307 cases of GI illness were reported under the outbreaks, combined, from May 6 to June 1.

Although the outbreaks - which were not unexpected, given the large numbers of people who are using and living at these sites - have been declared over, AHS reminds all Albertans of routine steps, important to prevent illness in any setting, year round.

Sporadic cases of GI illness may continue at reception centres in the coming weeks. AHS will continue to monitor the sites and take enhanced precautions to help reduce the spread of illness.

To reduce the risk of spread, we urge all individuals to:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after using the washroom; before and after eating or preparing food; and after changing diapers.
  • Do not prepare food for anyone, if you are ill.
  • Stay home from work, school or recreational activities, if you are ill.
  • Do not visit family or loved ones at health care facility, if you are feeling ill. Please only visit if you are well.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Kerry Williamson
AHS Communications