WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Thursday announced visitor restrictions at patient care areas in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital due to an increasing number of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases.
All children 12 and younger are restricted from visiting the following units:
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- Labor & Delivery
- Women’s Unit
"I know the severity of the disease this year has been more remarkable, requiring three children on a ventilator at once in our six bed PICU so far this year,” said Sheri Carroll, medical and quality director.
RSV is a respiratory illness which primarily affects premature infants and children in the first year of life, but can affect older children and adults as well. Children of all ages can continue to seek and receive treatment for themselves in these areas. Those who are ill will be asked to wear a mask.
Children 12 and under who are healthy and currently free of cold and flu symptoms may continue to visit other areas of the hospital and NHRMC’s other locations.