HAIs in the News: KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA, January 04, 2013
As reported by KGO-TV, norovirus is to blame for contributing to the deaths of 2 residents at The Redwoods residential care facility in Mill Valley, California. The virus is responsible for sickening 63 staff members and residents of the facility since December 24th.
Two residents over 85 years old with “multiple medical conditions” were taken to Marin General Hospital where they died, supervising public health nurse Linda Ferguson said. Four other people were hospitalized, public health officials said.
The highly contagious virus that results in dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea did not cause the deaths but can contribute to them, Ferguson said.
The greatest risk of death from the virus is to the very young and very old, Ferguson said.
There have been three different outbreaks of norovirus in the last two months, the largest one at The Redwoods, public health officials said.
Source: KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA
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