Noro virus still rampant in Etten-Leur institute

20th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Four residents have died, while 60 residents and 31 employees of the mentally handicapped institute in Etten-Leur are still fighting the virus.

20 October 2008

ETTEN-LEUR -- The outbreak of the Noro virus in a mentally handicapped institute in Etten-Leur is not over. So far, 60 residents and 31 employees have been taken ill and four residents have died. One resident is in intensive care.

The virus broke out after a number of residents returned from a visit to Lourdes.

Noro virus is transmitted by faeces contaminated food or water and by person-to-person transmission. Outbreaks often occur in closed or semi-closed communities, such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and cruise ships.

Some of the symptoms of the virus include vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and fever. While the virus affects people of all ages, elderly people with low immunity can die from it.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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