Visitors are also urged to check back with the hospital prior to visiting to see what restrictions are in place.
Visitor restrictions have been implemented at Wilson Medical Center due to a sharp increase in the number of flu cases being seen in the community.
Trivedi said the flu virus is significantly contagious as it can easily spread from an infected person to others through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing and lack of hand washing. Darker shaded areas indicate higher concentrations. A maximum of two visitors per patient and no visitors under the age of 18 is requested. Between December 10 and December 23, six people died from the flu. The CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country and says it's not too late to get your dose. Those who are sick should not visit patients and those who have a cough or sore throat will be asked to wear a mask while in the building.
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There are three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs recommended by CDC this season to treat influenza.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this individual", states Dr. Edward Moreno, Health Officer for Monterey County. Most cases have involved those 65 years and older living across the Twin Cities metro. Officials have not released child's hometown or county at this time.
A visit to the emergency room could lead to exposure from other flu patients or other contagious diseases.
The next highest rates were shown in southern Des Plaines, Rosemont, eastern parts of Elk Grove Village, western parts of Mount Prospect, parts of Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights and Winnetka. That's up from 84 cases the previous weeks. "The course of flu is unpredictable in both adults and children and it is hard to identify the stage of transmission with certainty", said Bakht Roshan, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist.