Nursing Home Outbreak Diagnosed as Norovirus

The gastrointestinal illness that has infected over 50 residents and employees of one nursing home has been identified as norovirus. Signs of the illness first emerged Nov. 24 and the situation has been under observation by officials from the Department of Public Health Department ever since.

The facility is not allowing visitors but says that the situation is improving. There have been no new cases this week and employees who were ill are starting to return to work. The health department believes the source of the virus is a patient who was exposed at a Thanksgiving event outside the facility. Norovirus causes flu-like symptoms which can sometimes be severe and typically last up to three days. 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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