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Nursing home residents experience mystery respiratory illness

August 29, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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An increase in respiratory illness at a local nursing home has prompted an investigation to determine if viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as influenza and Legionnaires’ disease have contaminated its air and water systems, according to Shaw Media.

Benjamin Ornelas, administrator of the Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview, released a brief statement this evening, but declined to elaborate. He would not specify, for example, when the investigation began, how many residents have been sickened or if any who fell ill subsequently died.

"The Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview location is currently working with Prophetstown city leaders and an environmental management provider to review the facility’s environmental systems and test for the presence of potential pathogens due to increased incidence of respiratory illnesses in residents," the statement said.

"The testing includes a long list of viruses and bacteria that can cause respiratory infections (including both influenza and legionella). The location currently has a remediation plan in place."

Ornelas also would not say what the "remediation plan" entails.

Read the full story at Shaw Media.