Home still locked down with suspected norovirus

17:00, Jun 25 2014

A suspected norovirus outbreak still has Strathallan Lifecare in lockdown.

Timaru health protection officer, Ed Bennett, said the rest home was waiting for test results. "The Strathallan Rest Home is still dealing with a number of cases and is implementing preventative measures," he said.

Margaret Wilson Home, the other rest home to have a suspected outbreak of the virus, is no longer in lockdown, according to the chief executive of Presbyterian Support South Canterbury, Michael Parker.

"We have not been in lockdown for the past couple of days. We complied with the community health board requirements," Parker said.

Bennett said Strathallan appeared to be getting back to normal, with only one suspected case of the illness at present.

"One of the samples taken was positive for norovirus."

Rest homes have guidelines covering a range of precautions such as hand hygiene, washing and cleaning, patient movement, isolation and visitor control.

Norovirus outbreaks in institutions such as rest homes were comparatively common, Bennett said, and symptoms for each person lasted 24 to 48 hours.

Older people were more vulnerable to the complications of infection. Norovirus was highly infectious and spread easily.


The Timaru Herald