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Victoria hospital prepares for ‘pandemic’ response to Tamil boat migrants

In Canada on August 12, 2010 at 14:05

VANCOUVER – A Victoria hospital is preparing to launch a “pandemic and disaster response” to the anticipated arrival of upwards of 500 Tamil migrants who may have contracted highly infectious diseases such as tuberculosis after months at sea aboard a cargo ship.

“We’re prepared. Tuberculosis is not an uncommon illness and we even see it on Vancouver Island from time to time so we are absolutely prepared to treat it,” said Shannon Marshall, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

In a memo distributed to VIHA employees Tuesday and obtained by The Vancouver Sun, VIHA’s Emergency Management director Norma Jones alerted hospital employees that the seventh floor of Victoria General Hospital would be under a strict medical quarantine enforced by armed B.C. Corrections and/or Canadian Border Services personnel.

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