Victoria BC: VIHA Faces New Crisis 9 Deaths in Care Home
On the heels of crises in health care on Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Island Health Authority is facing a new crisis in the deaths of nine people in a Victoria care home.
Apparently the elderly victims fell to an unexplained respiratory illness. Eleven more have fallen ill. Now health care worker at Glengarry Hospital has spoken out, saying she was ill in March with the same mystery symptoms. Two other staffers have also fallen ill with the mystery ailment.
Maureen Donaldson, 50, a care attendant in the unit -- where the nine people died and 11 more were infected -- said she became ill a month ago with the same respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms that she saw afflict residents.
Diseases Ruled Out
- Influenzas A, B, H1N1(swine flu)
Recent Health Issues in VIHA Hospitals
- Victoria General may have exposed hundreds of patients to Hepatitis B, C and HIV virus due to improper cleaning of endoscopes
- Nanaimo Regional had two confirmed deaths and more ill due to C.difficile, a bacterium found in feces.
The provincial government has been criticised for its handling and bugetting of BC's public hospitals.