Health department suspects norovirus at Colerain facility
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
On Thursday morning, Hamilton County health officials were notified by Atria Northgate Park, an assisted-living facility in
Colerain Township, that a number of their residents were ill and they complained of
symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.
Currently, there are 28 sickened (27 residents and one staff member). There are about 140
residents at the facility.
epidemiologists highly suspect norovirus, a highly contagious viral infection,
common on cruise ships and places with community activities under one roof.
county informed the facility how to treat it, how to disinfect common areas and
food handling areas. Health department officials are investigating the source
of the outbreak.
The facility is being disinfected.
The health department recommended affected patients be removed from general population.
There is always
a chance of complications, especially with the elderly, very young or those
with compromised immune systems.
Health officials say it typically takes
24 hours to 48 hours for virus to run its course.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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