Indiana hospitals impose visitor restrictions amid spread of enterovirus

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 15, 2014) -- Several Indiana hospitals imposed visitor restriction policies Monday in response to the spread of enterovirus in the state.

For the time being, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health will not allow visitors who are ill or under the age of 18 into its neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.  The same restriction is taking effect at Franciscan St. Francis Health's NICU.

IU Health is encouraging families receiving treatment in its other facilities to limit visitors to those who are essential to caring for the patient.

St. Vincent Health is also implementing visitor restrictions in response to the virus.

Individuals younger than 16 years old are restricted from visiting St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, while individuals younger than 18 years old are restricted from visiting Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital's NICU, St. Vincent Women's Hospital's NICU and the labor/delivery unit of St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital.

The enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been recorded in at least four Indiana patients, according to state health officials.

Symptoms are often similar to a bad cold or flu, including coughing and wheezing, and can range from mild to severe cases.