6 die in Burlington after Norovirus outbreak

The outbreak happened in a Senior Citizen's home

The virus that you typically hear about on cruise ships, the Norovirus, swept through the Village of Tansley Woods in Burlington last month causing intestinal illness 118 residents and 30 staff members.

54 of the residents were in the long-term care unit of the facility while another 64 were in the retirement residence section.

In all 6 people died.

Officials of the Halton Region Public Health Department confirm that Norovirus swept through but they have yet to conclude whether that bug was the direct cause of the deaths.   

Officials note that seniors often have underlying health conditions.

Symptoms of Norovirus include persistent diarrhea and vomiting which can cause the patient to become severely dehydrated.

The Halton health department is expected to announce that the outbreak is over on Wednesday.

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