Virus keeps Fraser Coast aged care home in lockdown

UPDATE: A HERVEY Bay aged care home remains in lockdown after an outbreak of norovirus last week.

A spokesman for Anglicare Southern Queensland said about 30 patients and 20 staff had been infected by the outbreak.

The spokesman said the facility was expecting to have the lockdown lifted by Wednesday.

The lockdown was put into place at Kirami Residential Aged Care in Pt Vernon after a number of clients contracted the illness early last week, known as the Winter Vomiting Bug.

Warning signs were placed at the entrances the facility and patients were asked to remain in their rooms while parts of the facility were disinfected.

The facility is currently following Federal Government guidelines to contain the outbreak.

It is not known how the outbreak started.

EARLIER (SATURDAY, 5AM): A NOROVIRUS outbreak has forced a Hervey Bay aged care home into lockdown.

Almost half of the residents at the 97-bed Kirami Residential Aged Care had been struck down by the illness this week.

About a dozen staff members were also being treated.

A spokesman for Anglicare said the centre was following strict Federal Government guidelines in containing the outbreak, including a lockdown of the building in an effort to stop the spread.

Warning signs had been placed at the entrances.

Patients were asked to remain in their rooms while common areas at the centre were disinfected.

Visitors were still able to see family members, but were given "fair warning" about the risk of contracting the illness often referred to as the Winter Vomiting Bug.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Acting Public Health Physician Roscoe Taylor confirmed the service had been supporting the aged care facility.

"No residents of the aged care home have required a hospital admission," he said.

Dr Taylor said as norovirus was not a publicly notifiable disease, information was not available regarding how many cases there had been on the Fraser Coast in the past month.

He did say an increase in norovirus cases was common at this time of year.
 


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