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Seventh resident dies of flu at nursing home in Broughty Ferry

A seventh person has died in an outbreak of a flu virus at a nursing home in Broughty Ferry, it has been confirmed.

NHS Tayside said 28 residents at the Orchar Nursing Home were known to have been affected by the influenza A virus.

The health board had previously said that a sixth person had died on Monday.

Its health protection team is investigating, along with Tayside Police. The identities of the latest two deceased have not been released.

NHS Tayside had previously said that a man aged 74 and four women aged 81, 88, 90 and 91 died on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 March.

On Saturday, a police spokesman said officers were investigating the full set of circumstances surrounding the deaths.

An NHS Tayside spokesperson said: "A seventh person has now died with the Influenza A virus confirmed as contributing to the death.

"A total of 28 residents are now known to have been affected which includes the seven residents who have died.

"None of the residents affected is in hospital and all are being cared for at the home with intensive support from GPs and primary care."

Influenza A infection usually causes relatively mild symptoms but it can be a very serious illness among the elderly or those with chronic health problems.

Orchar nursing home, owned by London-based Carewise Homes group, has suspended admissions at present.

Its director Oshi Weissbraun released a statement: "We are very proud of Orchar nursing home and, in the two and half years we have owned it, we have continually improved it, with major investment in the refurbishment of the building and with recruitment of high-quality management and staff.

"In these very unfortunate circumstances, we offer our sincere condolences to all the bereaved families and we are deeply grateful for the wonderful support we are receiving from our residents' families."