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Tweed gastro death

ONE resident has died and another 44 have fallen ill following a gastro outbreak at a Northern Rivers nursing home.

The five-star Bangalor Retreat nursing home, at Tweed Heads West, is now in lockdown.

“The Department of Health and Ageing is closely monitoring the situation at Bangalor Retreat to ensure that all appropriate actions are being taken,” Federal Minister for Ageing and Richmond MP Justine Elliot said in a statement yesterday.

Thirteen staff at the nursing home have also been affected. The 101-bed facility includes a movie cinema, library, hairdresser and several dining areas.

A nursing home spokesperson was not available for comment.

In 2007, there were 1879 outbreaks of gastroenteritis across Australia, affecting 37,474 people. Sixty per cent of the outbreaks occurred in nursing homes, Ms Elliot said.



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