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UPDATE: Respiratory illness outbreak on Specialized Orthopaedic Developmental Rehabilitation (SODR) inpatient unit

Update: The respiratory illness outbreak was declared over by Toronto Public Health on Friday, May 12, 2023.

As of May 8, 2023, Public Health has declared an outbreak of a respiratory illness at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on our third floor Specialized Orthopaedic Developmental Rehabilitation (SODR) inpatient unit. An outbreak means that two or more clients have become sick with the illness in a 48-hour period and the hospital is taking measures to limit its spread.

About the illness

  • Parainfluenza is a respiratory infection and symptoms include fever, chills, headache, general muscle aches, tiredness, lack of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, and lung infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia. In infants, vomiting or diarrhea may also occur.


Please be aware

  • Do not visit the hospital if you are unwell.
  • While onsite at the hospital, wash and sanitize your hands often, especially when entering the building, going in or out of a client’s room, and going on or off the affected unit. Good hand hygiene is an important way to help prevent the spread of illness.
  • Only one visitor is allowed at one time to see ill clients in the affected unit. If you visit a client in the affected unit, please do not visit other clients or other units at the hospital.
  • Other inpatient units, outpatient clinics, community programs and activities are operating as usual.
  • It is mandatory for everyone to wear mask while in the hospital.


Holland Bloorview is working with Toronto Public Health to manage the outbreak and to ensure the safety our clients, families and employees and limit the spread of the illness. 

If you have questions, please speak to your child’s physician or a member of their clinical team.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.