Five new cases of C. difficile infection have been reported at a Quebec hospital where an outbreak killed 16 people two years ago.
Officials at the Honoré-Mercier Hospital in Saint-Hyacinthe, about 60 kilometres east of Montreal, confirmed they have five patients infected with Clostridium difficile, and a sixth is under observation.
The situation is under control, and the infections aren't expected to spread, said Claude Dallaire, a spokesman at the hospital.
Infected patients are in isolation, and standard measures to contain the strain are in place, he said.
C. difficile is a common bacterial infection found in hospitals and long-term care facilities that causes diarrhea and other serious intestinal conditions.
The 2006 C. difficile outbreak at Honoré-Mercier was among the worst in Quebec's history.
A virulent strain of the bacterium infected 70 patients, killing 16 people, mostly elderly patients.
A coroner's report blamed hospital administration for cutting corners on sanitation. New managers have since been brought into the hospital.
A $10 million class action lawsuit launched by relatives of patients who were infected or died is pending in the Quebec court system.