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UPDATE: 98 Confirmed Cases Of Gastro-Bug After Outbreak At Oilsands Work Camps

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
UPDATE: 98 Confirmed Cases Of Gastro-Bug After Outbreak At Oilsands Work Camps

There have been 98 confirmed cases of gastro-intestinal illness at work camps north of Fort McMurray.

Alberta Health Services were made aware of the outbreak at camps near the Fort Hills oilsands site earlier this week.

In an email sent to Mix News, Spokesperson Kerry Williamson says the number of cases has slowed in the past couple of days. He notes there was only three new cases overnight.

The illness still 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.

“Ill individuals are being isolated to their rooms and separated where possible, at each site, to limit the spread of the illness,” says Willamson.

AHS has recommended enhanced cleaning of washroom and shower facilities, and changed kitchen practices to reduce food handling by workers.

The Fort Hills oilsands mining project site is located about 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

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