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Old 02-29-2016, 11:32 AM   #1
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Previous 2015 thread indicating high level of influenza B in Queensland, September of 2015:

And this recent news:

3 dead, 60 sick in nursing home virus outbreak at Westcourt, Cairns

February 28, 2016 5:58pm
Daniel Bateman The Cairns Post

PEOPLE with cold and flu symptoms have been warned to stay away from nursing homes, following another fatal disease outbreak at a Far Northern aged-care facility.

Three residents have died and 60 others – including 24 staff – have fallen sick from respiratory illness at Mercy Place in Westcourt since February 14.

It is the second disease outbreak to have killed residents at a nursing home in the region since the start of the year, following the deaths of seven people at Herberton Hospital.

Mercy Place is currently in lockdown, with manager Mercy Health activating control measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of its residents families and staff.

The aged-care provider’s Queensland manager Anita Ghose said the majority of residents and staff had been swabbed for common viruses, with a significant proportion testing positive for influenza B.

She said the nursing home was working closely with Queensland Health to control the outbreak.

Cairns' Mercy Place nursing home flu outbreak claims three lives

Kim Stephens February 29 2016 - 12:30PM

A flu outbreak at a Queensland nursing home is believed to be behind the deaths of three elderly residents and 60 residents and staff falling sick.

Mercy Place in the inner Cairns suburb of Westcourt is in lockdown, as authorities work to contain the outbreak.

A Cairns nursing home is in lockdown after three residents died and 60 more people fell ill after a deadly flu outbreak. 7 News Queensland

Mercy Health Queensland manager Anita Ghose said the majority of those who have fallen ill since Sunday, February 14 - 36 residents and 24 staff - had tested positive to influenza B.

"During this period, three residents have passed away," she said.
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