An outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by Serratia marcescens at the Seven Oaks General Hospital has forced the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to issue a public advisory.
The outbreak is in the emergency department and was first discovered Thursday afternoon.
The infection can cause fevers and chills, which promptly resolve with antibiotic therapy. A total of 40 cases have been discovered since late summer, in which most patients experienced mild symptoms.
Two patients with the infection have died as a result of their significant underlying health conditions. The infection was coincidental.
The WRHA says that despite the precautionary warning, they don’t recommend individuals avoid the Seven Oaks emergency department
Any patients who have recently been to Seven Oaks, received intravenous medication and have flu-like symptoms, should contact their physician or contact Health Links.