Swine Flu Update

Three residents of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children have been confirmed to have the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus. Norfolk health officials took samples on Aug. 21 and confirmed late on Aug. 24 that the residents, ages 10, 12 and 17, had contracted the H1N1 virus. Two residents were treated at a hospital; one was discharged on Aug. 25 and returned to St. Mary’s. The third resident was being treated at SMHDC.

St. Mary’s Home has been taking precautions for months to limit residents’ exposure to the virus. For example, residents attended summer camp at the Home instead of going to another location. In addition, residents who typically go to public schools were taught at the Home this summer and will again be taught at the Home in the fall.

For more information, contact Sonja Barisic, St. Mary’s marketing communications manager, at (757) 622-2208 ext. 331.