60 Nursing Home Patients Sickened By Norovirus

Picture-118More than 60 patients at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Ohio have become ill after contracting norovirus.  According to the Ohio Department of Health the norovirus outbreak occurred sometime around January 15th.

It is unclear what triggered this norovirus outbreak, but norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread through feces, vomit or food poisoning.  In order to reduce episodes of norovirus, it is important to regularly wash hand and follow common sense sanitation guidelines.

Most people with norovirus initially have a bad stomach ache followed by nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  Norovirus in the elderly can be particularly problematic because many of the symptoms result in dehydration.  By some accounts, norovirus claims the lives of more than 500 people each year.

Read more about this norovirus outbreak in an Ohio Nursing Home here.

For laws related to Ohio nursing homes, look here.

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