Flu Afflicts Nursing Home Residents

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

From school-aged children to adults, and now the elderly, the flu is widespread in our community.

Queen City Nursing Home in Meridian said it has seen a rapid spread of the virus. Officials say last Thursday, one resident had the flu and within 24 hours it spread to six more residents.

With 82 residents, nursing home officials say they had to implement a protocol to try to stop the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control provided some new guidelines for the facility.

"We implemented sort of isolation in the building so that we are not having group activities," said administrator Barbara Howard. "And the residents are eating their meals in their rooms instead of the dining room, trying to cut down the opportunity of contracting the flu."

Howard said it was a team effort between state and local health agencies.

Howard says the nursing home is seeing improvement from last week. She says no deaths have been reported and the first resident that contracted the flu is recovering in a local hospital.

Previous information in this article that stated the health department was involved in trying to develop a vaccine to treat this current strain of the virus was erroneous, according to communications representative Liz Sharlot of the Mississippi Department of Health.

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