Stomach bug spreads fast through nursing homes

By: November 30th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Norovirus, the viral infection that causes nausea, fever, and diarrhea has infected 129 residents in three nursing homes in Chicago.

Three nursing homes in McHenry County, Chicago, have reported outbreaks of the disease, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Chicago health officials said norovirus commonly spreads in nursing homes because of close quarters and weak immune systems.Mary Lou Ludicky is a nurse and communicable disease coordinator for McHenry County’s Health Department. She told the Chicago Sun Times that norovirus can survive on tabletops, elevator buttons, door knobs, and railings.

The issue of hand-washing arises during infectious disease spreads like norovirus, and Ludicky recommends not only washing hands frequently, but to wipe down surfaces with a bleach-based cleaner twice a day, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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