Another outbreak has affected health care in Saskatoon. The adult unit at the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre For Mental Health has been closed to admissions and visitors due to an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness.

The disease first appeared on New Years Day and has affected nine patients and one employee. The Saskatoon Health Region said the illness is striking people quickly, and that many don’t realize they’re carrying a virus until symptoms appear.

To reduce the risk of transmitting gastrointestinal illness, the health region is urging the public to take care washing their hands at crucial times, including before and after handling food, after coughing, after assisting someone who is ill, and after returning from a public area.

Saskatoon’s St. Paul’s Hospital was closed for several days in December due to a similar illness.