The majority of ill residents and staff at Mercy Place in Cairns have tested positive for Influenza B.
The majority of ill residents and staff at Mercy Place in Cairns have tested positive for Influenza B.

Three dead, 60 ill in flu outbreak at aged care facility

THREE residents in a far north Queensland aged care facility have died during a flu outbreak.

Another 36 residents and 24 staff at Mercy Place in the Cairns suburb of Westcourt have fallen ill with respiratory symptoms since February 14.

The majority of residents and staff were swabbed for common viruses with a significant proportion testing positive for Influenza B.

The majority have since recovered.

Mercy Health Queensland manager Anita Ghose said Mercy Health immediately tried to contain the infection, using medication, ceasing communal activities, cleaning, and limiting non-essential visits to the home.

ABC News


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