19 Oct 2008

More norovirus cases at Auckland retirement village

3:42 pm on 19 October 2008

More people have been infected with norovirus at an Auckland retirement village where two people have died.

The outbreak has now infected 23 people at St Andrews Village in Glendowie.

However, a Medical Officer of Health for the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Dr Greg Simmons, says the spread of the virus seems to be slowing.

When the outbreak was first confirmed on Friday, 15 people had fallen ill and an elderly man and woman had both died.

Four others - two staff members and two residents - subsequently went down with the virus. On Saturday, a further two people are reported to have been infected.

The clinical director of Auckland regional public health, Dr Julia Peters, says the norovirus is highly infectious.

She says staff will continue to isolate cases over the weekend, as well as ensuring meticulous hygiene and restricting access to the affected wing.

The centre has 100 people in long-term hospital wings and a further 80 in other residential care.