County Nursing Home recovering from outbreak of gastrointestinal illness

LACONIA — The West Wing of the Belknap County Nursing Home has reopened for public visits but the East Wing remains closed to visitors due to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness.
Both wings were closed for nearly a week after the outbreak was first reported to the state Bureau of Infectious Disease Control last week according to Charlotte Flanagan, infection control specialist at the Nursing Home.
''We were able to open the West Wing to the public this week but we have to wait for four days with no new cases in the East Wing before we reopen it. Hopefully that will be Saturday,'' said Flanagan, who noted that only visitors to terminally ill patients had been allowed to visit the home during the outbreak.
She said that visitors were instructed to wash their hands frequently but were not required to wear masks as the illness is not caused by airborne agents.
Symptoms, which included vomiting and diarrhea, were mild and lasted less than eight hours for most of those affected said Flanagan.