Hospitals Busy With Flu and More

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's not just the flu that troubles hospitals this time of year.

The winter months are also a prime time for respiratory synctial virus, also known as RSV.

Infants born prematurely or with chronic lung disease are at greater risk for becoming sick with the virus, which can cause severe cold-like symptoms and pneumonia.

That risk has prompted Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney to take precautions to stop the highly contagious virus from spreading.

The hospital is putting restrictions on visits to its birth center and pediatric care unit until further notice. The hospital said that anyone with any signs of illness should refrain from visiting the hospital.

A recent federal study found that RSV is the most common cause of viral death in children under five. Researchers also discovered that 78-percent of RSV deaths occur in people 65 and older.

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