It seems you cannot go a month without reading or hearing about a widespread outbreak of the norovirus or other gastrointestinal disease in a nursing home. My opinion is that these preventable outbreaks are the result of unclean facilities and a staff/administration not adequately trained to quickly identify an ill resident and how to prevent the spread of the illness to others. Just basic hand washing and use of gloves would help!
Well, here we go again. The Jesse Helms Nursing Center near Charlotte, North Carolina is under a self-imposed quarantine after 13 residents and three staff members fell ill with symptoms of a gastrointestinal virus. The nursing home is operated by the Carolinas Medical Center-Union, which runs the 70-bed facility.