Candida auris: no other infected patient at Pierre-Boucher Hospital

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Candida auris: no other infected patient at the Pierre-Boucher Hospital

Pierre-Boucher Hospital, in Longueuil.

After the discovery of two patients infected with the fungus Candida aurisat the Pierre-Boucher Hospital, in Longueuil, the CISSS de la Montérégie-Est confirmed to us that the other patients who were “under investigation” all received negative screening test results.

The opening of a national crisis unit following the discovery of this fungus at the Longueuil hospital center, revealed Thursday by Radio-Canada, has created concern among both patients and hospital staff. , most of whom were unaware of the presence of Candida auris in their establishment.

The fungus Candida auris attacks hospitalized patients, mainly those with weakened immune systems and those undergoing surgery or intravenous therapy. An infected person has a 30-60% chance of dying.

In a press release published Friday, the CIUSSS de la Montérégie-Centre assured that the outbreak of Candida auris is well circumscribed in the hospital and the infection prevention and control measures required are applied there.

“The hospital remains a safe place of care for employees and customers. The population should not hesitate to go there if their state of health requires it or if they have to deal with it. ”

— Excerpt from the press release from the Montérégie-Centre Integrated Health and Social Services Center

All of the hospital's activities are continuing; appointments are maintained and people who have to undergo surgery can have surgery as planned, continues the management of the CIUSSS.

As for people who have recently gone to Pierre-Boucher Hospital, Dr. Julie Loslier, Director of Public Health for the Montérégie, wants to reassure them and explains that only people who were present on the unit where the C. auris has been found have been or will be contacted by our team.

The CIUSSS reminds you that Candida auris is transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces or direct contact between two people.

Hand hygiene remains the best protection.

With information from Thomas Gerbet

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