Rhinovirus kills 4 and infects dozens at veteran care facility

Since Aug. 2, there have been 58 cases of rhinovirus attributable to four deaths at the New York State Veterans' Home in Montrose. The number of infections caused some experts to call into question the infection prevention measures being employed at the facility, according to WABC.

Infectious disease experts from the New York State Department of Health have been working with the Veterans' Home to bring the outbreak to a close and improve the facility's infection prevention practices.

"It does, on the face of it, seem like an unusual number of cases and deaths," Denis Nash, PhD, of the CUNY School of Public Health in New York, told WABC. "If so many are affected by the same infectious disease, it does point to infection control issues. And that's something the state will want to be looking at right away."

Rhinoviruses are the most predominant cause of the common cold.

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