Nursing home residents confined to rooms in gastro outbreak

TESTS are expected tomorrow to reveal the cause of a gastroenteritis outbreak which has closed all three levels of a Brisbane nursing home.

The 100 residents at Coorparoo's Casa Dámore nursing home have been confined to their rooms for the past five days after six residents showed symptoms of the illness on Saturday.

The centre's Manager Information and Compliance Brian Sharp said there had been 24 cases since the first signs of the illness appeared on Saturday.

"We don't know exactly what the cause of it is," Mr Sharp said.

"We don't believe it is Norovirus at this stage. It doesn't have those symptoms. It looks like it is a 48 hour thing, then people are clear."

Mr Sharp said five residents were still showing symptoms and four of those were new cases.

Casa Dámore, owned by Vacenti is next to The Village retirement complex in Park St.

"At this stage there are room restrictions on all three levels but care is provided and activities. We are not feeding residents in common areas. In these cases you restrict spread by restricting contact, that's normal protocol. We increase staff levels to make sure the one-to-one contact is maintained so that people are not isolated."

He said the symptoms were both vomiting and or gastro.

In an email to families owners Vacenti said as soon as staff became aware of the outbreak, the centre initiated an outbreak management plan in line with Queensland Health guidelines.

 

Casa Dámore nursing home at Park St, Coorparoo.
Casa Dámore nursing home at Park St, Coorparoo.

"Vacenti is in daily contact with Queensland Health regarding updates and actions taken as per standard Queensland Health protocols," Mr Sharp said.

"We are working with the staff, residents and their GPs.

"Vacenti is committed to providing the highest quality care, support and services and to all residents."

Gastroenteritis

Viruses are the most common cause.

Bacteria, parasites and food poisoning can also

cause gastro.

Symptoms are diarrhoea which usually lasts one to three days, but can last up to 10 days and nausea and vomiting that may last a day or two.

People with gastroenteritis can spread the virus up to 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.

The time from contact with the bacteria or the virus and the development

of symptoms is usually 1-3 days.

Parasitic infections take about 5-15 days.

Food poisoning usually occurs six to 12 hours after eating spoiled food.



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