January 14, 2017 5:07 pm
Updated: January 14, 2017 6:09 pm

Gastrointestinal virus outbreak reported at Site C worker camp

Site C's 1,600-room Two Rivers worker accommodation facility, which currently houses around 700 of the project's over 1,800 workers.

Image courtesy BC Hydro

An outbreak of a gastrointestinal infection virus has been reported at the worker accommodation camp for the Site C clean energy project.

BC Hydro sent out an alert Saturday morning, and confirmed that nine workers have been affected by the outbreak so far. Those workers have been taken off their shifts and will not return until cleared by medical personnel on site.

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“It’s similar to the flu, so they’re experiencing nausea and vomiting,” BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott said. “It’s not something we’ve dealt with in the past, but it’s definitely something we’re prepared for.”

First Nations communities in the area have been contacted, along with the environmental health officer for Northern Health.

Measures are currently being taken to clean common touch surfaces throughout the camp, particularly within the site’s Two Rivers worker accommodation lodge. All other workers on site have been alerted to the situation and are being told to wash their hands regularly and report any illnesses.

According to statistics released by BC Hydro in December, over 1,800 people are currently working for the Site C project as of October 2016. 700 of those workers currently live in the accommodation facility.

The $470-million Two Rivers facility, which opened in October 2016, includes a health clinic staffed with around-the-clock medical personnel.

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