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Two die after Queensland gastro outbreak

Two residents of a Queensland aged care facility have died following a gastro outbreak hitting Australia’s east coast.

Queensland Health confirmed the deaths “of two frail residents”, however a spokeswoman for the Regis aged care facility said while one of the patients had gastro, it wasn’t clear whether the second patient had also been suffering from the bug.

The spokeswoman said there’s currently an “episode of gastroenteritis” at the facility, which has been around since late July 2017. During this time there has been two deaths at the facility.

“In neither case did the doctor report gastro as being the cause of death,” the spokeswoman said. “Our immediate priority is for the safety and wellbeing of our residents, residents’ families, our staff on-site and the community.

“We have implemented our infection control processes and are continuing to do everything we can to safeguard our residents at the site.”

A similar facility in Wynnum suffered a gastro outbreak in June, which affected 15 residents. However, there were no deaths.

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