California nursing home reports 81 norovirus cases

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One California nursing home was able to re-open to visitors and new admissions in time for Thanksgiving following a norovirus outbreak that began Nov. 8, according to local reports.

Officials from Country Villa Novato Healthcare Center, located in Novato, CA, reported its first case of norovirus — which causes abdominal pain, low-fever, vomiting and diarrhea — to the public health department on Nov. 8, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Since then the facility has reported 81 cases of norovirus, including 65 residents and 16 staff members.

The facility, which has 181 beds and 172 residents at the beginning of the outbreak, had been closed to visitors and new admissions since Nov. 15. One other facility in the same county reported a few cases of the virus, but said the cases were well contained, the Chronicle reported.

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