Sault Area Hospital declares HPIV-3 outbreak

Sault Area Hospital

Visitors to 3B limited to approved essential caregivers

HPIV-3 is one of a group of common viruses known as human parainfluenza viruses (HPIV) that cause various respiratory illnesses. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose and cough. HPIV-3 can also cause bronchiolitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to HPIV-3 infections, though older adults and those with a weakened immune system are also at risk for complications, SAH said in a social media post. HPIVs are usually spread from an infected person to others through coughing, sneezing, and/or touching.

All health-care workers and members of the public – patients/clients and essential caregivers/visitors – are reminded to wear a mask or face covering upon entering the hospital or SAH’s community-based locations. Hospital-approved masks will be provided at all entrances.

Visitors and essential caregivers who feel unwell are asked to postpone visiting until they are no longer experiencing symptoms.

“If you have visited and develop symptoms please let your loved ones care team know,” SAH said in a release Thursday.


One thought on “Sault Area Hospital declares HPIV-3 outbreak

  1. No one should ever go near there or any other hospital unless it is a very serious issue. Coughs and colds waste far too much valuable time that people with serious issues desperately need.

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