Norovirus Sickens 20 Forsyth County Nursing Home Residents
Posted on Mar 17, 2012
At least two Forsyth County nursing homes have been struck by the norovirus this week, with more reports of the dangerous stomach virus being reported across the state of North Carolina, including Stokes County, Alamance County, Cabarrus County, Catawba County, Mecklenburg County, Orange County, Pitt County and Wake County.
An estimated twenty cases of the infection have been reported by two nursing homes to state officials and measures are currently being taken to curb the spread of the virus. Community gatherings have been canceled for the time being, and staff members and residents are not eating communally during the outbreak. State officials have warned those suffering from the health issue not attend school or work – and not visit loved ones in nursing homes.
Norovirus is a stomach bug that can result in nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. While it is usually only an unpleasant experience for most, it can be deadly for the very young, the elderly, and those with other health problems. The main concern for nursing home residents with norovirus is dehydration, which could require hospitalization.
Nursing homes should take a number of steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like norovirus – such as cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas and isolating infected residents. Not taking the proper precautions to stop the spread of the virus could be seen as North Carolina nursing home neglect..