Two more care home patients die in flu outbreak
Two patients have died at a nursing home in the Republic of Ireland after an outbreak of seasonal flu.
The HSE confirmed that there had been an outbreak of influenza AH3 in the Drumderrig private nursing home in Boyle, Co Roscommon. A total of 42 of the 76 residents had been affected, it said.
Local sources confirmed that two patients had died since the outbreak started. It is understood that tests are ongoing to establish if the deaths were caused by the flu.
There have been no new cases of infection since Thursday last. The same virus resulted in the deaths of seven people at Nazareth House nursing home in Fahan, Buncrana, Co Donegal, earlier this year.
"The recommended infection control measures have been put in place by the private nursing home, which is providing full assistance to the relevant authorities," the HSE said.
"The HSE West Public Health team is working with the nursing home to ensure that all appropriate infection control measures are in place."
The home has temporarily stopped admissions and visitor restrictions are in place. All ill patients have been treated with the antiviral Tamiflu and all other patients have been put on preventive medicine.
The spokesperson said that while flu was usually a relatively mild infection it could be very serious among the elderly.
It advised people to take measures to reduce the risk of infection, including covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, disposing of the tissue and washing hands with soap and water.