Nearly half of the residents at Oswego place have fallen ill

Clackamas County Health officials are investigating a norovirus outbreak at Oswego Place, an assisted-living center in Lake Oswego.

Steve Dahl, Clackamas County Health Dept. Communicable Disease Manager said that as of Thursday afternoon, approximately 20 of the 46 residents and six of the 20 staff members had gotten sick.

'It's a serious illness for the elderly and for the very young,' Dahl said. 'It can cause… some dehydration problems and if they…already have other complications it could be serious, definitely.'

So far no one has had to be hospitalized because of the outbreak and no deaths have been reported.

Residents are being asked to stay in their rooms. They are also having meals in their rooms, as opposed to the dining area.

Norovirus symptoms include stomach cramps, fever and muscle aches. Most people recover within a couple days.

Clark County Health officials have dealt with five outbreaks at assisted-living facilities since Christmas. 200 residents and staffers have gotten sick. Two of the outbreaks have been resolved.

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