Norovirus prompts facility quarantine
April 24, 2009
WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada — MacAulay Lodge, an extended care facility, has been put under quarantine by Yukon health officials following an outbreak of norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal infection whose eradication requires extensive cleaning of surfaces, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
So far, 31 individuals have been sickened, including 19 residents and 12 staff members, the story stated.
Group activities have been suspended and confirmed infected residents are being confined to their rooms until their symptoms subside, the story noted.
The quarantine of MacAulay Lodge will remain in effect until all residents no longer show symptoms of the virus for at least two days, as the virus is still contagious for up to 48 hours after symptoms clear up, the story added.
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