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Sixth death in flu outbreak nursing home

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A sixth person has died in an outbreak of a flu virus at a nursing home, NHS Tayside said has said.

A spokeswoman said 27 residents at the Orchar Nursing Home in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, were known to have been affected by the influenza A virus.

The health board had previously said that a man aged 74 and four women aged 81, 88, 90 and 91 died on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 March.

It has now been confirmed that a sixth person died overnight.

Tayside Health Protection team are investigating the outbreak in conjunction with Tayside police.

A spokesman said the influenza A virus has caused infection in a number of care home residents, and has been confirmed as contributing to death in six residents.

They said: “All appropriate infection control measures have been put in place in the care home and there is no increased risk to the wider public. Where appropriate, residents have been offered antivirals, which can reduce the severity and infectiousness of influenza in those affected.

“Relatives who are visiting sick residents are being asked to take extra infection control precautions whilst at the care home.

“Influenza A infection usually causes relatively mild symptoms but it can be a very serious illness among the elderly or those with chronic health problems, therefore people should be aware of the simple measures they can take to reduce the risk of infection.”

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