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Two dead after flu bug strikes nursing home

TWO patients have died at a nursing home after an outbreak of 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 were affected, it said.

It is understood that tests are ongoing to establish if the deaths were caused by the flu.

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 West Public Health team is working with the nursing home to ensure that all appropriate infection control measures are in place.

"They will continue to manage and closely monitor the situation in line with best practice," the HSE said. The nursing home has stopped admissions and visitor restrictions are also in place.


All sick patients have been treated with the antiviral Tamiflu and all other patients have been put on preventive medicine unless clinically inappropriate, it added.

The spokesperson said it was important for people know that while flu was usually a relatively mild infection it could be a very serious illness among the elderly.

It advised that people should take simple measures to reduce the risk of infection.

These include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

People visiting older residents of nursing homes and all healthcare staff should ensure that their vaccinations for influenza are up to date.