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Flu Leads to Visitor Limits at Hospitals
Posted on: 01/11/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Due to the worst influenza season in several years in Ohio and West Virginia, Marietta Memorial and Selby General hospitals are limiting patient visitation until further notice.  
 
The Memorial Health System says visitors will be limited to two adults per patient at any time. No visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed. Those who have a fever, cough, headache, joint ache, feel nauseous or have other signs of flu are asked to not visit patients.

Spokesperson Jennifer Offenberger says the hospitals are seeing a larger number of flu cases in emergency rooms as well as in the number of patients being admitted.  
 
Otherwise healthy persons suffering from flu do not need antiviral drugs and can care for themselves at home. Physicians advise drinking plenty of fluids, resting and treating symptoms with over-the-counter medications.  
 
Persons in high risk groups who develop flu symptoms should contact their doctor or seek emergency help, and be mindful of potentially dangerous problems when flu-like symptoms improve, only to return with fever and a bad cough.  
 
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