Outbreaks of gastro in two residences for seniors in Laval

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    An outbreak of gastro swept through the Residence of the Eden, in Laval. The management has placed this poster in order to avoid that the situation does not degenerate. It is suspected that raspberries frozen infected with norovirus, from China, are the source of the contagion.

    Benoît Philie

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 08:00

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 08:00

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    Over a hundred seniors are still in quarantine in two residences for the elderly in Laval, this week, due to an outbreak of gastro possibly caused by raspberries frozen contaminated.

    “This situation would have started in another center that would have served its residents raspberries frozen contaminated chinese origin,” explained Thursday the director of the care from the Residence of the Eden, Guy Vaillancourt, in a letter sent to the families of the residents this week.

    “Given the fact that we have several employees who work in two places, the virus would be introduced this way with us,” he continued, without, however, indicate the other center, it is or at what other place of work employees of the Eden.

    The private facility for the elderly located in Laval, prohibited the visits since Monday, to contain the contagion that affects an estimated 35 patients and a few employees. The area in which they live 142 people, however, has re-opened its doors yesterday.

    “The situation is now under control, he has just had a new case [Thursday] “, said the director of the care Journal.

    The gastro also victims to The Angelus, a home for the elderly with cognitive deficits located a few kilometres away, where no visit is permitted since the beginning of the week.

    During the passage of the Newspaper, an employee, who prefers to conceal his name, has insured that approximately half of the fifty residents fell sick since last week. It is said, however, do not know the origin of the epidemic.

    Reminder of raspberries

    Raspberries, raw frozen China, have been the subject of many recalls in Canada since the beginning of the summer due to a contamination with norovirus, mainly responsible for gastro-enteritis.

    Several cases associated with the consumption of foods containing these raspberries have been reported recently at the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ), which has issued reminders to 23 and 28 June, and 27 July for products such as cakes and mousses.

    The MAPAQ said to be aware of the presence of gastro in the two centers of Laval, but is not able to indicate the origin of the epidemic for the moment.

    “It confirms that there has been interventions in the two institutions, but from our side, there is no link that could be established with the reminder of the raspberries,” says the spokeswoman, Melissa Lapointe.

    Same thing on the side of the integrated Centre of health and social services of Laval.

    “We can not say that raspberries are in question. Perhaps it is just a gastro “, said the spokesman, Pierre-Yves Séguin.

    “This is not the time “

    Nevertheless, the direction of the Residence of the garden of Eden, says that it is rare to see the spread of this disease in the summer.

    “Normally, at this time of the year, there has not, of gastro. This is not the period, ” says Mr. Vaillancourt, who said that no frozen raspberry is served in its centre.

    According to him, the closure of homes for the elderly to avoid the spread of disease is not an exceptional measure and occurs at least once per year.

    See the website of the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec to see the list of products on the basis of frozen raspberries that have been the subject of a recall.



    Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, an illness that is normally accompanied by vomiting and/or diarrhea. As they are very contagious, they can spread easily from one person to another.

    Infections may occur :

    • by direct contact with an infected person
    • by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with a norovirus
    • by eating food or drinking water contaminated

    Some people may remain contagious even two weeks after healing.

    Source : public Health Agency of Canada

    Several reminders for frozen raspberries contaminated

    See the website of the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and food of Quebec to see the list of products on the basis of the raspberries raw frozen having been subject to a recall.

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