Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
Voluntary visitor restrictions lifted
March 23, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Visitors under 18 are welcome at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics again as the number of flu cases in the region has fallen.
In early February, the Fayetteville VAMC asked that people under 18 not visit the medical center if at all possible. That request has been rescinded. Medical center officials are still asking that anybody suffering from flu-like symptoms avoid the medical center unless they were being seen here as a patient.
The percentage of people in the region reporting influenza like illness (ILI) fell from a high of 6 percent to 2.5 percent now. Emergency Room cases of ILI have fallen from 26-48 cases during the first three weeks of February to 14-16 cases per week. The last case of influenza at the medical center that was confirmed by lab reports was reported on Feb. 18. Influenza cases in North Carolina are now considered sporadic rather than widespread.
While the number of ILI cases in the region has declined, health officials still recommend that people follow some basic guidelines to help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses:
- Wash hands with warm water and soap, or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available;
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or your upper sleeve, and put the used tissue in the wastebasket; and
- Limit your contact with the general public if you are sick.
Media members with questions about this release should contact Ed Drohan, Public Affairs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or cell phone (910) 224-2214.