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Resident dies at flu outbreak home

Another resident has died at a nursing home at the centre of a deadly influenza outbreak.

Health chiefs confirmed an elderly patient at the Nazareth House private care home, at Fahan, near Buncrana, Co Donegal, passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on Sunday.

The resident was one of a group of patients who had been previously diagnosed as having a strain of influenza known as A (H3).

A Health Services Executive (HSE) spokeswoman said there were currently seven other residents being monitored closely.

Five of these are showing "definite signs of improvement," she added.

An investigation was launched at the nursing home after six residents - with an average age of 92 - died between March 22 and April 2.

Tests later confirmed the deaths were caused by an everyday strain of flu which can be lethal to the elderly.

The HSE said there have been no new cases at the home since April 4.

A separate death of a resident last week was not believed to be flu-related.

"All residents in the nursing home are currently receiving either active or preventative treatment," the spokeswoman added.

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