A total of 103 patients and staff at Shizuoka Saiseikai General Hospital in Shizuoka Prefecture contracted influenza between Dec 23 and Dec 26, hospital officials said.
Of the total, two patients died as a result. Hospital officials told a news conference that over the three-day period, 41 patients and 62 staff were infected with influenza type A, TBS reported Saturday. Two elderly patients who had been admitted for pneumonia later died after the influenza exacerbated their condition.
Although an investigation into the source of the virus is underway, the majority of patients and staff who became infected were concentrated on the fourth floor of the west wing of the hospital.
In an effort to prevent any further outbreaks, the hospital has stopped all new patients from being allowed admittance into the west wing, and is restricting contact between infected individuals and others.© Japan Today