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Public asked to avoid Beaumont Hospital over flu outbreak

At least 113 cases of flu have been recorded at the hospital since the outbreak began last month.

Beaumont Hospital (File photo)
Beaumont Hospital (File photo)
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

BEAUMONT HOSPITAL HAS asked visitors to stay away due to a flu outbreak which has hit 113 people at the hospital so far.

The Dublin hospital has warned that visiting restrictions will remain in place throughout the bank holiday weekend in a bid to try to halt the spread of the virus.

Only essential visits will be allowed and can only take place during a window of two hours each evening between 6pm and 8pm.

Children have been banned from visiting the hospital in any circumstances and anyone with any flu-like symptoms has also been asked to stay away.

The hospital warned that influenza carries risks to all patients but especially those with seriously underlying medical conditions, and appealed to the public to cooperate with the restrictions “for the common good”.

The outbreak began in mid-February.

Read: 13 people died of influenza during Ireland’s last flu season >

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