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Care facility battles virus outbreak

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- We've been talking a lot about this year's flu season, but the flu isn't the only virus causing problems in Rochester.

A care facility is dealing with an outbreak of another virus that has sickened the majority off its residents.

Shalom Estates Assisted Living is dealing with a stomach virus that has spread to four of its five residents this week.

All the residents had their flu shots.

After the second resident caught the virus, the home implemented procedures to keep the virus from spreading.

The home has increased staffing and asked families not to visit while they fight the virus.

"We've been working very hard at washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing gloves, washing hands and changing gloves between residents," said Alice Syverson, the Shalom Estates owner.

Employees have sanitized the building down to the linens and mattresses and say they don't know where it came from.

They say the biggest take away from this outbreak, is just what we've been hearing about the flu. Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and stay home if you feel sick.

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