The Chicago Sun-Times recently published a story exploring a growing a problem of contagious illness striking nursing home residents near Chicago.
Reports indicate that at least 129 nursing home residents have been infected with the stomach illness known as norovirus in recent days. At least six of those residents have been sent to the hospital for more advanced treatment following their contraction. Norovirus is a viral infection that causes vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
The virus is often difficult to stop. It is capable of living for days on doorknobs, railings, elevators buttons and all surfaces that are often touched. The virus is resistant to cold and heat so it is capable of surviving in many situations.
The virus typically strikes in areas where many people are found living and working in close quarters. That is particularly true with those whose immune systems are weak-the young and the old. For those reasons nursing homes and schools are common breeding grounds for quick spreading of the illness.
One key to stopping the spread is cleanliness. Hand washing and other basic actions are often the main methods of stopping the spread of the problem.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have worked with many victims of nursing home neglect whose health has suffered because of nursing home employees failure to maintain proper standards of hygiene and safety. There is no excuse for failing to follow through on basic care techniques. Please contact our nursing home lawyers if you know of any failure to provide that basic resident support.
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