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Wake Forest Baptist Lifts Visitor Restrictions

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Effective Monday, Feb. 22, visitor restrictions in place at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Lexington Memorial Hospital will be lifted.

The restrictions, which affected visitors under the age of 18, have been in place since October and were enacted as a precaution against the spread of influenza, including H1N1.

“H1N1 influenza does continue to circulate in our region but in low numbers. Influenza-like illness numbers are below that usually seen at this time of year and seasonal influenza has not yet appeared,” said Christopher Ohl, M.D., associate professor of infectious disease.

Ohl cautioned that if seasonal flu or H1N1 activity should again increase, then reimplementation of the restriction might be necessary. “At this time, however, there are no signals that suggest this would occur in the near future,” he said.

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