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Phoenix Children's places restrictions on visitors

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix Children's Hospital has placed temporary restrictions on people visiting children due to an increased level of respiratory viruses.

The restrictions began early Friday morning and apply to all patient care areas at the hospital, according to a PCH news release.

Child visitors must be 12 years old to visit patients, and all visitors must be free of respiratory symptoms, according to the release.

The restrictions apply only to visitors and not patients in the emergency department or seeking medical care, according to the release.

"Even simple colds can be life-threatening for hospitalized children who may have other serious health problems," said Dr. Scott Ostdiek, medical director of the hospital's Infection Prevention and Control Department. "Young children are not as careful with hand-washing and other measures that help prevent the spread of infections."

Symptoms of respiratory virus may include fever, coughing, labored breathing, wheezing and nasal congestion.

Click here for the hospital's infection prevention and control web page.

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