50 People Ill from Virus Outbreak in Long-Term Care Facility

A long-term care facility is treating 50 residents and employees for a norovirus (a flu-like virus) outbreak that occurred last weekend. Thirty-one residents at the facility and 19 staff members are being monitored.

The facility has placed signs in the lobby warning visitors of an illness outbreak and has halted admissions until the illness is resolved. Residents who have exhibited the severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting are in isolation and will remain there from 48 to 72 hours after their symptoms stop.

The highly contagious virus, which cannot be treated by antiobiotics, is common in hospitals, nursing homes and cruise ships. A spokesman for the facility said they are pushing fluids because the virus can lead to dehydration.  For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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