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2 deaths due to infection in Va. Assisted living community



Fifty-two other members of the Springfield Greenspring Retirement Community were also infected with the unidentified error, and several were hospitalized, according to the Department of Health. The symptoms of the disease range from coughing to pneumonia.

Two residents of an assisted living facility in Fairfax County, Virginia, have died from an obvious respiratory infection.

Fifty-two more residents of Springfield's Greenspring Retirement The community was also infected with the yet-unidentified virus, and several had to be hospitalized, according to the district health department. The disease symptoms range from coughing to pneumonia.

"While illness continues to occur, there have been no recent hospitalizations in recent days," said John Silcox, district spokesman, in a prepared statement.

Such outbreaks are not uncommon but mostly occur during the flu season.

Silcox added that the department and facility had 263 residents working together to reduce the risk of infection, such as: close the facility for new admissions, cancel group activities, keep sick residents in their rooms, and increase cleaning.

Courtney Benhoff, a spokeswoman for the institution, said in a statement that she exercises a wealth of caution and takes all necessary measures.

"We remain vigilant in our response and will continue to stay up-to-date and transparent to local residents, employees and family members," she said.

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