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Dubuque hospitals limiting visitation due to H1N1

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Hospitals in the Dubuque area are limiting patient visitation due to the H1N1 Influenza.  Dr. John Viner, chairperson of the Bi-hospital Infection Control Committee decided to place a limit on visitation at Finley Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque and Dyersville.

The restriction includes children under age 14 and individuals of all ages with respiratory and/or influenza symptoms, such as coughing, fever, aches, and nausea.  They are asked to refrain from visiting hospitalized patients until further notice. Dr. Viner has placed similar restrictions in the past, during seasonal flu.  It's a precaution for patients and visitors.  

The state of Iowa and Dubuque County are experiencing widespread H1N1 Influenza. All sub typed Influenza A viruses reported to CDC the week of 10-16-09 were 2009 H1N1 Influenza viruses. 

The impact of 2009 H1N1in Dubuque County is concentrated in school-aged children as Senior High School, Mazzuchelli Middle School and Sageville Elementary School are all reporting greater than 10% absenteeism rates Tuesday.

"Many people are wondering what they should do if they get sick, or when they should see their doctor" says Mary Rose Corrigan, Public Health Information Officer for Dubuque County. 

Doctors recommend if you get sick with flu-like symptoms this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Most people with H1N1 have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs. The same is true of seasonal flu.

Those more at risk include: children under 5, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions. Emergency warning signs in children include: fast breath or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, fever with a rash. Warning signs in adults include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness. confusion, severe or persistent vomiting.

As with any seasonal flu cover your cough, clean your hands and clean the air by staying home if you're sick.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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