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February 7, 2014

Flu still on rise;death toll at 10

TARBORO — Flu activity is on the rise in North Carolina. Ten new flu deaths were reported for the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.

In response to the rise in flu cases, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital has increased its visitor restrictions. Dr. Keith Ramsey, medical director of infection control for Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Health, said the decision to restrict visitation was made after a number of nurse managers made requests to restrict visitation to their particular units because of flu activity.

“It’s been a busy season,” Ramsey said. “We just seem to have a flurry of flu cases all of a sudden at the end of January, early February.”

At Vidant Medical Center, one child and four adults have died from the flu this season, Ramsey said.

Children under the age of 12 may not visit patients at the hospital. The only exception to that rule is that children under the age of 12 may visit healthy newborns if they live in the same household and do not have symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches. As always, family and visitors of any age should not come to the hospital if they have symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches. Ramsey said the restrictions likely will last until April 1, the “unofficial” end of the flu season, but could be lifted sooner.

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