The Ministry of Health is advising that the outbreak of influenza-like illness at the Geriatric Hospital has been caused by "Respiratory Syncytial Virus" (RSV).?? It is the predominant cause of respiratory illnesses in young children and the elderly and is not related to the H1N1 virus.?? RSV has been the dominant respiratory virus isolated in Barbados this year.??

Meanwhile, the restrictions to some areas of the Geriatric Hospital will remain in place.?? Visitors are reminded to follow the directions of staff and management and to continue to ensure proper hygiene practices, including washing their hands before and after visits to the institution.??

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