2nd Virginia care facility sees respiratory outbreak 

Health officials confirmed a respiratory outbreak at a second long-term care facility in Fairfax County, Va., reports ABC affiliate WJLA.

The new outbreak has sickened about 25 people at Heatherwood, an independent and assisted living facility in Brooke, Va.

The facility is just 7 miles away from Springfield, Va.-based Greenspring Retirement Community, which is facing its own outbreak of respiratory illnesses. The outbreak has sickened 63 Greenspring residents since the first case was reported June 30. Three people have also died.

Health officials said there does not appear to be a link between the two outbreaks, despite the facilities' proximity. The CDC tested 17 samples from sickened Greenspring residents but could not identify the virus responsible for the illnesses.

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