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Visiting Restrictions Put Into Effect at St. James Healthcare

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Starting Tuesday, new temporary visiting restrictions will be set in place at Butte's St. James Healthcare.

The restrictions go into effect due to the increase of the flu and R.S.V, also known as the Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

Anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit patients in the hospital.

Those with any type of upper respiratory infection will also be prohibited from visiting.

"People that are elderly or children that are small are very vulnerable and they could get very ill from influenza and R.S.V. They could potentially be hospitalized with it and potentially die from it," said Dr. Jesse Salisbury. "So these are very serious issues and important to keep people from spreading germs."

The visiting restrictions will continue until the hospital sees a decrease in cases of the flu.

Hospital officials say typically in April is when they lift the restrictions.

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