Hepatitis B scare at assisted living home

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Several residents at The Lynmoore on Gayton Road tested positive for Hepatitis B. Now 200 residents and staff members are being tested.

Brenda Hamner's 85-year-old mother has been staying at The Lynmoore for over a month. She showed us this notice she received from the Henrico Health Department saying several cases of Hepatitis B have been diagnosed at the assisted living home.

"Shocked to begin with and then it's like what am I going to do...obviously my concern is my mother's health," said Hamner.

Nurse Manager, Rebecca Parsio, explained the virus isn't airborne but could be passed by direct contact with saliva, blood, and can be known as a sexually transmitted disease - and that is why in addition to Hepatitis B and C checks the health department may conduct HIV tests as well.

"It would also be people who are drug users or healthcare workers, people who are residents in long term institutions," said Parsio.

It is unlikely Hepatitis B can spread by sharing straws or utensils but Hamner says she's seen people at The Lynmoore drink out of the same cup.

"They do share cups through out there you can see it pretty much being done," said Hamner.

And while some may have no symptoms others may feel flu-like symptoms, nausea, aches, and pains.

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