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Published February 18, 2012, 12:15 AM

Lake Region Healthcare restricts some visitors

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Widespread respiratory syncytial virus in the community has forced Lake Region Healthcare to restrict visitors to the hospital’s Birth Center to fathers or significant others.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Widespread respiratory syncytial virus in the community has forced Lake Region Healthcare to restrict visitors to the hospital’s Birth Center to fathers or significant others.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that RSV is a contagious viral infection that can lead to serious respiratory illness, especially in newborns and infants.

In a news release, JoAnn Bowman, infection prevention coordinator at Lake Region Healthcare, shared these facts about RSV:

  • RSV can infect people of all ages. Children over age 2 and adults will have mild upper respiratory symptoms like a “cold.”

  • RSV can be severe, especially in newborns and infants under 6 months of age, causing swelling of the airways with cough and wheezing; sometimes requiring hospitalization.

  • RSV is spread in respiratory droplets generated by coughs and sneezes, or spread by hands contaminated with secretions from the nose and mouth.

The situation at Lake Region Healthcare will be assessed daily and restrictions will be lifted when it is safe to do so, according to the release.

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