Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:28 pm | Updated: 10:51 am, Fri Sep 12, 2014.
IDAHO FALLS—Specialists at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center are currently treating 6 children with symptoms consistent with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
This represents three new hospitalized patients since yesterday; threechildren were discharged yesterday back to home. The cumulative number of children treated for respiratory symptoms since Sept. 7 is nine.
Additionally, EIRMC has instituted seasonal visitor restrictions effective today. No visitors under age 18 are allowed, unless they are the parent of a patient. Additionally, people with any respiratory or flu-like symptoms (coughing, fever, runny nose, or sore throat) should avoid visiting. These restrictions are precautionary measures to protect patients (newborns, children, and immune-comprised) who are more susceptible to illness.
Typically, EIRMC institutes these measures each year on Oct. 1; they will be in effect until late March.
Community members can help keep their family healthier by following these tips:
* Stay home when feeling sick, and consult with your doctor if your child is experiencing symptoms.
* Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom.
* Avoid kissing, hugging, touching, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
* Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
NOTE FROM IDAHO STATE JOURNAL: Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello and Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot are reporting that they've seen no Enterovirus cases. Both hospitals say at present there are no visitor restrictions at their facilities.
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