Published: April 2, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea care home struck down by Norovirus outbreak

A care home in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been closed to new admissions after an outbreak of a highly contagious sickness bug. learns that several patients at Frith House in Steart Drive have been affected by Norovirus, which causes violent sicknesss and diarrhoea.

"We had a suspected outbreak last week and test results have just come back to confirm this week that it is Norovirus," Somerset Care spokeswoman Hannah Rowe told

"We have temporarily closed the centre to new admissions and also suspended outside services, such as day care. We're monitoring the situation on a day-by-day basis."

Doctors advise that although the symptoms of Noro virus are unpleasant, it is not normally life threatening. first reported last month that Burnham's War Memorial Hospital had also been struck by an outbreak of Norovirus and was later given the all-clear.


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