Common Viruses A Deadly Threat At Nursing Homes

Wochit Headline News - Friday, 13 January 2017 reports that Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests. The study's lead author is Dr. Schaefer Spires and it details a 16-day outbreak of two viruses -- respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) -- that swept through a long-term dementia ward in Tennessee. Nearly three-quarters of the patients became sick and five died.

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