Hospital: Avoid unnecessary hospital visits to minimize flu infections

The Emek Medical Center in Afula, some of whose staff are on vacation in August, asked the public on Tuesday to avoid unnecessary visits to patients, in order to reduce the risk of H1N1 infection. The hospital requested that those who do visit patients, wash their hands often in soap and water or use disinfectants. Hospital director-general Dr. Orna Blondheim said that it has over the past few months received more than 100 people, babies, children and adults, suspected of having contracted the H1N1 flu. The virus is quite easily communicable, so reducing the number of visitors would minimize nosocomial (in-hospital) infection.