Hepatitis B Outbreak Takes Four Lives at Nursing Home

State public health officials are investigating a hepatitis B outbreak at an assisted living center which has led to four deaths.According to officials with the state Division of Public Health, five people at the facility have tested positive for hepatitis B since late summer, four of which have passed away.

The people who died were all over the age of 60. The 57-year-old survivor, remains hospitalized, but state officials said that their condition is improving. Officials at the facility have started testing all residents for hepatitis and will likely vaccinate the residents to prevent future outbreaks. State health officials learned of the outbreak last week and have urged the facility to vaccinate all of it's residents.

Public health physicians and the Health Department workers are trying to determine the cause of the infections and to ensure the safety of other residents. Hepatitis B is a strong virus with the Health Department said can live much longer on surfaces that many other viruses. The incubation period for hepatitis B is ranges from six weeks to six months, so it's possible that more residents could test positive as a result of the outbreak, said a spokesperson from the health department. 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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