Third Greenspring Resident Dies; Outbreak Reported at Heatherwood

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A third resident of the Greenspring assisted-living center in Springfield has died and health officials say there is another outbreak of respiratory illness, this one at Heatherwood, an assisted-living community in Burke. A total of 63 out of 263 residents at Greenspring have become ill. The three who died were among 20 who had been hospitalized with the so-far-unidentified respiratory infection.

Fairfax County Health Department officials today said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested 17 specimens from ill residents at Greenspring. “While bacteria were detected from some specimens, further testing is being conducted to determine whether the bacteria is the cause of the infections,” the department said in a news release.

Infection prevention measures are in place at Greenspring aimed at keeping the illness from spreading beyond the assisted and skilled nursing units.

The Health Department is also investigating an outbreak of respiratory illness at Heatherwood but said there is no evidence of any connection with the Greenspring outbreak. The Health Department is working with Heatherwood to ensure appropriate measures are taken to reduce the risk of infection and keep residents safe. Samples are also being tested at CDC labs.

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