Hospital, schools battle flu outbreak

January 11, 2015
Ed Bray, 14-year custodian with the Barbourville City School system, sprays down the tabletops in one of the elementary school classrooms with a very strong disinfectant. This daily routine includes everything from water fountains, to sinks, bathrooms and door knobs.

Ed Bray, 14-year custodian with the Barbourville City School system, sprays down the tabletops in one of the elementary school classrooms with a very strong disinfectant. This daily routine includes everything from water fountains, to sinks, bathrooms and door knobs.

Efforts taken to keep virus from spreading


By BOBBIE POYNTER

bpoynter@mountainadvocate.com

The battle against the flu has hit Knox County.  Flu activity is expected to continue and perhaps even pick up in the coming weeks, and medical facilities have already seen their fair share of infected patients.

Flu protocal is now in effect at the Knox hospital. “During the flu season, we limit the number of visitors to the in-patient care areas. We also limit the age of visitors to 14 and older because the very young and very old are more likely to develop the virus if they come into contact with it. Also school-aged children are more likely to spread the germ,“ said Jamie Wilder, Infection Control Nurse.

According to Wilder, compared to the number of positive flu cases treated in December 2013, there has been a much greater number of patients seen at the hospital in December 2014.

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