Stomach Virus Outbreak Spreads to Nursing Homes in Multiple Cities

A norovirus outbreak has spread to nursing homes in multiple cities in one state, according to  the County Health Department. On Tuesday, it came out that there was a norovirus outbreak at a fist facility. Wednesday, the  Health Department confirmed the same illness has hit a nursing home in neighboring city.

The County Health Department says 39 of 109 residents at one facility are sick, as well as 21 employees. Four residents have tested positive for norovirus so far. Norovirus is a strong stomach virus with symptoms much like stomach flu. The health department says these outbreaks are common, especially this time of year when people are in closed quarters. It is generally not a life-threatening illness, but the risk of complications from dehydration are increased in the elderly. 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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