9 Jan 2009

Virus outbreak at retirement village 'over'

1:32 pm on 9 January 2009

A Wellington retirement village says an outbreak of suspected norovirus is over.

The Malvina Major Retirement Village in the suburb of Khandallah has had about 50 cases of gastro-enteritis in residents and staff since New Year's Day.

The village has been discouraging visitors as it tries to stop the virus spreading to the rest of the more than 200 residents.

Ryman Healthcare, which runs the facility, says the outbreak is over and there have not been any new cases of the viral infection for 48 hours.

Regional manager Susan Bowness says patients were isolated as much as possible but staff at the retirement village did not deliberately bar anyone from visiting their relatives.

Wellington Medical Officer of Health Stephen Palmer says the retirement village has moved quickly and brought the situation under control in a matter of days.

Dr Palmer says basic controls such as quarantining patients are essential if the virus is to be contained.

The facility is expected to be back to normal on Monday.