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Four dead after Strep A outbreak in Lachine seniors’ residence

By News Staff

Four seniors have died amid an outbreak of Group A streptococcal disease (GAS) at Les Résidences Floralies in Lachine.

A spokesperson for Montreal public health says a total of six cases were detected.

The outbreak is believed to have spread to Les Résidences Floralies in LaSalle – at least one case was detected there.

Health officials say they are closely monitoring the situation, and an epidemiological investigation is underway.

Measures to control the outbreak are being implemented by the private seniors’ home in collaboration with the CIUSSS de l’Ouest and public health.

“Specialized infection prevention and control teams are currently deployed in these two facilities to carry out mass screening of all residents, employees and volunteers,” a spokesperson for the CIUSSS de l’Ouest told CityNews. “All family members and caregivers who attend these accommodations can also be tested if they wish.

“Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of residents and all our efforts are directed towards this.”

While treatable, Group A streptococcal disease can cause invasive infections that can be serious and even fatal when they contaminate blood, bones or deep muscles. It is known to lead to pneumonia and meningitis.

Residence Floralies Lasalle, a care home is shown in Montreal Aug. 31, 2022. (Credit: CityNews/Martin Daigle)

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