- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Hospitals in Greeley and Loveland have imposed visitor restrictions because of the Colorado outbreak of enterovirus 68.

The Greeley Tribune reported Friday (https://tinyurl.com/q6oulmp ) the restrictions include no visitors under age 13 and mandatory health screenings for siblings who want to visit newborns.

Both facilities are owned by Banner Health.

Colorado is one of at least 12 states where enterovirus 68 has been confirmed. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that a total of 130 cases have been identified nationwide, all in children.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness, and children with asthma have been especially vulnerable.

Health officials say they have observed an unusual spike in identified cases since mid-August. The reason for the outbreak isn’t known.


Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, https://greeleytribune.com

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