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Cavan, Among Highest RSV Rates, Implements Visiting Restrictions Amid Rising Infections

Cavan, along with neighbouring counties such as Donegal and Leitrim, is experiencing elevated rates of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). The data, based on confirmed cases per 100,000 population, also identifies Sligo, Westmeath, and Mayo as areas with increased RSV cases, accompanied by a surge in flu numbers nationwide.

Infections are on the rise across all age groups, particularly affecting children aged four and younger. More than one-sixth of the reported cases are among individuals aged over 65. The HPSC recently issued warnings, urging public cooperation to limit RSV spread, especially to protect children and newborns. The norovirus, a common cause of gastroenteritis, has also seen a significant increase, with notifications nearly doubling.

Influenza cases have been a concern, with 72 new cases reported in the week ending December 3, bringing the total confirmed influenza cases since October 2023 to 826. Responding to the escalating situation, Cavan General implemented new visiting restrictions aimed at preventing infection transmission to vulnerable patients. The move followed heightened activity in the hospital’s Emergency Department, prompting the redirection of non-urgent medical cases to alternative care pathways.

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