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:
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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