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AHS Health Inspectors Visiting Oilsands Work Camps After Gastro-Bug Outbreak

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
AHS Health Inspectors Visiting Oilsands Work Camps After Gastro-Bug Outbreak

AHS Public Health Inspectors are visiting work camps north of Fort McMurray on Monday after an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness.

In an email sent to Mix News, Spokesperson Kerry Williamson says AHS are aware of a number of cases of the illness at work camps near the Fort Hills oilsands site. It has not been confirmed as norovirus.

Williamson adds this sort of outbreak is not unusual at this time of year, particularly at sites where people are living and working in close quarters.

AHS has given the site information to help limit the spread of the gastro-intestinal illness. Including, enhanced cleaning, hand hygiene measures and changing kitchen practices to reduce food handling by workers.

The Fort Hills oilsands mining project site is located about 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. According to their website, the project operated by Suncor, is scheduled to produce first oil as early as the fourth quarter of 2017.

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