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Chicago area nursing home hit with virus

Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that dozens of residents and employees of a Lake Forest, Illinois nursing home contracted a norovirus.

The virus is highly contagious and cannot be treated by anti-biotics. Residents and employees reported having flu-like symptoms including fatigue, high temperatures, and body aches.

The Lake Forest nursing home is not allowing any new admissions for the next two weeks as staff work to treat those infected. The nursing home has also taken additional precautions by posting signs in the lobby warning visitors of the outbreak and offering hand sanitizer.

Nursing home populations are especially vulnerable to quick-spreading viruses such as the one reported in Lake Forest. Residents live in close quarters and elderly patients have weakened immune systems causing them to more easily contract the illness. Viruses may temporarily worsen pre-existing health problems commonly associated with aging.

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