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American Family Children's Hospital Temporarily Restricts Visitors

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American Family Children's Hospital Temporarily Restricts Visitors

Madison, Wis. - Patient safety is the top priority at American Family Children’s Hospital. Because of an uptick in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and widespread influenza activity, American Family Children’s Hospital has temporarily restricted visitors in the inpatient units.

Starting Friday, January 24, children under age 12 will not be allowed as visitors in the inpatient units. This will NOT impact clinic appointments on the first and second floor of American Family Children’s Hospital. This will NOT impact University Hospital.

The last time visitor restrictions like this were put into place for patient safety at American Family Children’s Hospital was in 2009 due to H1N1.

Many hospitalized children are acutely ill with compromised immune systems, and influenza or respiratory infection such as RSV can exacerbate an already-difficult health condition. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms but it can pose serious risks for infants or older adults and can even be fatal.

While it is expected these restrictions will be temporary, there is no specific end date identified at this time.
There are currently 25 pediatric patients in isolation as a precaution for respiratory illness. Between September 1, 2019 and January 22, 2020 there have been 228 pediatric flu cases, seven hospitalizations, six pediatric RSV infections, and five hospitalizations.

Date Published: 01/23/2020