DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A spike in influenza and other respiratory illnesses in eastern Iowa have led hospitals in Dubuque and Dyersville to limit patient visitation.

Children under 14 – including siblings of babies in the birth center – are being asked not to visit the hospitals, the Telegraph Herald reported. Those with respiratory or flu symptoms, such as coughing, fever, aches and nausea, also are asked to stay away.

Dr. Honorio Caceres, chairman of the bi-hospital infection control committee, directed that the restrictions be put in place at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque and at MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center.

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