Gastro outbreak in Brisbane claims two lives overnight

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Two have died overnight as a gastro outbreak takes hold of Brisbane.

Two aged-care residents have passed away after falling victim to a gastro outbreak overnight.

Nine News is reporting the Regis facility in Yeronga is denying gastro was the cause, although a Metro South Health and Hospital Service spokesman confirmed its public health unit was informed at the end of July of a norovirus outbreak at the facility.

Speaking with Nine News, the spokesman said - 

"Metro South Public Health Unit is aware of the deaths of two frail residents who were affected by the outbreak.”

It is understood the two patients who passed away were in palliative care.

Norovirus is quite common and is doing the rounds in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne at the moment - it can cause gastro, diarrhoea, stomach pain and vomiting and is extremely contagious.

Written By Emily Whitham
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