Norwalk virus sickens nursing home


BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) – Health officials were investigating an outbreak of the Norwalk virus at a Bedford nursing home Monday.

Officials said that 36 people, including 10 staff members, were infected by the virus at the Ridgewood Center, the second nursing home to be affected by Norwalk virus recently.

The illness can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and officials said it spreads easily. Director of Public Health Mary Ann Cooney said that it’s common this time of year because people spend more time inside, and it usually isn’t dangerous.

Cooney said the best way to prevent the spread of the virus it proper hand-washing.