DIXON – KSB Hospital is enacting temporary visitor restrictions after noticing a widespread increase of pertussis, or whooping cough.
Until further notice, children younger than 18 will not be allowed to visit KSB 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.
The number of reported pertussis cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties are “a little alarming,” and the hospital sees such cases only a handful of times per year, infection specialist Heather Smith said.
“Due to the increased number of pertussis cases that are being seen in our community, and our surrounding communities, we’ve decided to implement these restrictions to keep our patients safe,” she said.
Cases also have been reported in the Dixon, Oregon and Polo school districts in recent weeks.
Obstetrics and gynecology patients should refrain from bringing siblings to appointments, as the risk for pertussis is high in pregnant women, she said.
Call the hospital at 815-288-5511 for more information.