Dead, Dozens Ill From Outbreak at Virginia Retirement Home

- Two people are dead and 18 have been hospitalized by a respiratory virus outbreak at a Fairfax County retirement community, according to officials. The Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia said it is investigating the outbreak at Greenspring, which houses a total of 263 residents. Other symptoms include fever and wheezing, according to a July 10 letter from Greenspring's directors to residents obtained by WJLA.

Investigators are working to identify the cause of the outbreak.

The health department said in the news release that the individuals who died were hospitalized with pneumonia and had complex medical problems, but it "does not know the full medical history and the extent to which the pneumonia contributed to the deaths".

In a statement, Greenspring said that its "highest priority is the welfare of those who live and work on campus".

"In keeping with this commitment the community has acted with an abundance of caution, and in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Health, has taken all necessary measures to fully implement proven infection prevention and control strategies".

The health department says it believes the facility is doing everything it can to contain the outbreak. "We remain vigilant in our response and will continue to provide frequent and transparent updates to residents, staff and family members", the retirement home said in a statement.

There have been no new hospitalizations in the past several days, the health department said.

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