TWO residents at Drumderrig nursing home in Boyle died as a result of an influenza outbreak recently.
The elderly residents, had contracted the A H3 strain of the flu virus, along with 40 others at the home.
It was the same strain that was responsible for the deaths of seven residents at Nazareth House nursing home near Buncrana, Co Donegal, earlier this year.
Drumderrig, which has 76 residents, has temporarily stopped accepting new admissions. Visitor restrictions are also in place.
A public health team from the Health Service Executive is at the home to ensure patients are correctly managed to reduce infection and prevent the spread of the disease, the HSE has stated.
A statement to the Leitrim Observer from Drumderrig Nursing Home said they are providing full assistance and co-operation with all relevant authorities.
In the statement they said “No new cases of the infection have been reported since April 26th. In line with such practice, all ill residents have been treated with the antiviral Tamiflu and all other residents have been put on preventive medicine - unless clinically inappropriate.”
They also referred to the HSE’s recent statement concerning the outbreak: “It is important to reiterate that whilst flu is usually a relatively mild infection it can be a very serious illness among the elderly and is a common cause of death in older people.”
“Management, staff and residents of the Drumderrig Nursing Home community are deeply saddened by the passing of two of our residents as a result of the outbreak and offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have passed away.
“Drumderrig Nursing Home has a proud tradition of providing care to an extremely high standard and has always acted in the best interests of our residents.”
They also asked for respect and privacy of their residents, relatives and staff during this difficult time.
The HSE advised visitors to all nursing homes and all healthcare staff to ensure that their vaccinations for influenza are up to date.
The home, on the outskirts of Boyle town, was established in 1980.
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