Home hit by virus

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

FOUR el­derly res­i­dents at a Char­ters Tow­ers nurs­ing home were struck down by a virus last week.

In­fec­tious Dis­eases staff spe­cial­ist Chris Heather said the Townsville Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice be­came aware of four cases of con­firmed hu­man metap­neu­movirus cases in four res­i­dents at Even­tide on Jan­uary 11. “There have been no ad­di­tional cases and those who had the virus are now free of any symp­toms,” Dr Heather said. He said spread of res­pi­ra­tory viruses in res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­i­ties could be com­mon due to the num­ber of peo­ple who visit.

“We al­ways ask peo­ple who are un­well to not visit Even­tide un­til they have re­cov­ered and for those peo­ple who do visit to prac­tice good hand hy­giene,” he said. “The Townsville HHS’S in­fec­tion con­trol team closely mon­i­tored the sit­u­a­tion and put in place ad­di­tional in­fec­tion con­trol pro­ce­dures.

“Hu­man metap­neu­movirus is typ­i­cally a mild ill­ness, sim­i­lar to a com­mon cold, that af­fects the up­per res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem; how­ever, it can be more se­vere in el­derly peo­ple.”

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