Contact Us

Gastrointestinal Outbreak Reported at Hamilton’s Valley View Estates

valley view estates
The front entrance to Valley View Estates. (KLYQ Photo)

Over 50 cases of gastroenteritis, also called stomach flu, have grown from one case reported around Thanksgiving at Valley View Estates skilled nursing facility in Hamilton.

In a news release Friday from the Ravalli County Public Health Department, officials report that it is not related to influenza.

The stomach flu has affected both residents and staff. Initial investigation by Public Health determined that the infection most likely came from outside the facility, but further testing is underway.

The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain and cramping and they last between one to three days. Public Health officials said that Valley View’s proper sanitation practices did not contribute to the spread.

Transmission of the virus may come from close contact with infected people, sharing personal objects, or eating improperly prepared food. Treatment does not usually involve medication, but patients are urged to drink plenty of water. For some children and the elderly, IV fluids are sometimes needed.

Dr. Carol Calderwood, Ravalli Public Health Officer, said that if you are experiencing “significant or persistent symptoms, call your physician” to find out what testing methods will help identify the sources and patterns of the spread of this outbreak.

She advised that a person “must be three days without symptoms to be considered not at risk to transmit.”

For more information, call the Health Department at (406) 375-6670.

More information from the Ravalli County Health Department

Best of KLYQ

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KLYQ Club VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KLYQ Club VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.