33 People Ill After Possible Norovirus Outbreak at Odessa Retirement Home 12/10/13
CBS 7 News
December 10, 2013
ODESSA-The Ector County Health Department reports that 33 people residents at the Lincoln Towers Retirement Community in downtown Odessa are being treated for viral gastroenteritis.
According to PHEP Manager and Epidemiologist Amanda Robinson-Chadwell, MPH "norovirus" is the most common cause of the outbreak.
"At this time, a handful of residents have been admitted to the hospital an the rest are being kept in their apartments and tended to by staff until symptoms subside while common areas are cleaned and sanitized," said Robinson-Chadwell.
The county recommends not visiting family in Lincoln Towers at this time as this is highly contagious.
According to the CDC website, , "Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.