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Sixteen sickened by norovirus

August 28, 2009
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ORLANDO, FL — Just over a week ago, an outbreak of norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease whose eradication requires extensive cleaning of surfaces, struck an assisted living center, according to WESH-TV.
During the outbreak, 16 residents at Emeritus at Crossing Pointe fell ill and several required hospitalization, the story stated.
According to the story, the Orange County Health Department confirmed yesterday that norovirus was the culprit that caused the residents to become sick.
The facility, which was closed for several days so it could be properly cleaned and sanitized by cleaning and maintenance crews, is open and operating again, the story noted.
It remains unclear whether or not the state of Florida will conduct a follow-up inspection of the nursing home, the story added.
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