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Whooping cough prompts visitor restrictions at CGH

STERLING – CGH Medical Center is enacting temporary visitor restrictions because of the number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, reported in Whiteside County.

Until further notice, children younger than 18 will not be allowed to visit patients, and visits will be limited to two adults per patient at any time, the hospital said in a news release.

Those who have rapid cough, coughing fits, low-grade fevers, runny noses or exhaustion are asked not to visit. Patients coming to the CGH Emergency Department or outpatient clinics with pertussis symptoms will be asked to wear a mask.

The restrictions at CGH come on the heels of similar restrictions at KSB in Dixon, announced earlier this week.

The number of reported pertussis cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties are “a little alarming,” KSB infection specialist Heather Smith said.

Cases also have been reported in the Dixon, Oregon and Polo school districts in recent weeks.

Call CGH at 815-625-0400 or KSB at 815-288-5511 for more information.

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