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Six deaths at Halifax nursing home connected to outbreak of respiratory virus
By: Kieran Leavitt, The Canadian Press
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 at 3:19 PM
HALIFAX - Public health officials have linked six deaths at a Halifax nursing home to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority said it was notified April 4 about a likely outbreak of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) on one floor at Arborstone Enhanced Care in Armdale, and it spread to a second floor a week later.
Dr. Trevor Arnason, the medical officer of health for the Halifax area, said Tuesday more than 30 people have been hit by the virus, and six have died.
"The number of deaths in this case is a bit unusual," Arnason said during an interview.
But he said such outbreaks are not unusual, and RSV is especially dangerous to people with compromised immune systems and those at end-of-life stages...