A HIGHLY contagious gastric virus has struck down hundreds of elderly residents in South Australian nursing homes.
More than 500 gastroenteritis cases have been reported in the past month and most are norovirus cases in aged care.
A Hope Valley nursing home has been in lockdown since mid-November but it is not the hardest hit.
It has recorded about 18 cases but an unnamed home has recorded 84 and three others have had more than 30 cases each.
At Hope Valley's LHI Retirement Services, "Stop" signs on the nursing home doors warn of a gastro outbreak.
services general manager Megan De Vries said only one section of the
nursing home had been affected and relatives had been understanding. As
well as 13 sick residents, about five staff had contracted the virus. READ MORE
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