Hospital infections with RSV have increased 18.7-fold during the past five months.
Since this outbreak was reported, 3 other people, who were not infected but who were close contacts of the infected patient, have also been ill with the virus.
The patient who died is also reportedly a parent of a young child who might have been infected.
Hospital officials advise everyone to check the hospital’s Web site for updates before going to the hospital. The first step is, in case of a fever, to stay at home and to take a shower, disinfect with soap and water, and avoid close contact with sick or deceased people.
If you have children at home, they are advised to remain alone until they feel well.
“Our best advice is to ask that the patient not come into the hospital and to stay in the home,” said Dr. John L. Stuebing III, the chief medical officer at Health Resources and Services Administration. “It’s the last resort for anyone who is infected with rabies.”
To contact Dr. Stuebing for advice about the quarantine of an infected individual, feel free to call him or send an email to [email protected] . Dr. Stuebing answers calls and faxes the information to the appropriate department.
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