Residents of the De Klingelpoort residential care complex in Arnhem were looking forward to a festive Christmas dinner on Sunday, but an outbreak of Norovirus disrupted their plans.
Eight residents have become sick with the Norovirus, and as a result, everyone in the complex has been put into quarantine and is not allowed to leave their apartments.
The norovirus outbreak at De Klingelpoort has disrupted Christmas plans for the residents, their families, and the nurses.
It is still being determined when the quarantine will be lifted, and it is uncertain if a Christmas dinner can be rescheduled.
What is Norovirus
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
It is also known as the “stomach flu,” unrelated to the influenza virus.
Norovirus is a leading cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States and is responsible for over 50% of foodborne illness outbreaks globally.
Symptoms of norovirus infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever.
Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and typically last for one to three days.
Most people recover without treatment, but dehydration can be a concern, especially for young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.
Norovirus is primarily spread through the fecal-oral route, which can be transmitted by contaminated food, water, or surfaces.
It is also highly contagious and can be spread from person to person through close contact or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth.
To prevent the spread of Norovirus, it is important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before preparing or eating food.
It is also important to thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects.
If you are infected with Norovirus, stay hydrated and avoid preparing food for others until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.