Visitor restrictions at Mid-West Regional Hospital due to flu outbreak

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Visitor restrictions at Mid-West Regional Hospital due to flu outbreak

Visitor restrictions remain in force at University Hospital Limerick this Tuesday and every precaution is being taken in the context of the current high incidence of flu in the Mid-West region.

Nationally, the influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate per 100,000 of the population has increased steadily since January of this year. And the ILI consultation rate per 100,000 in the Mid-West was double the national rate for the week ending February 7, 2016

This is being reflected in the hospital population and UHL can confirm that it currently has 19 confirmed and four suspected cases of influenza A .

Every precaution is being taken in this busy flu season and management and staff are working with their community colleagues to monitor, treat and contain instances of flu-like illness.

To ensure that we are able to protect vulnerable patients, UL Hospitals Group are asking people who are considering visiting a friend or relative at UHL to ensure they do not visit if they have flu-like symptoms.