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Forum staff reports, Published February 16 2013

Sanford lifts visitor restrictions in Fargo

FARGO – Sanford Health announced Friday that it has lifted visitor restrictions at Sanford Medical Center, Sanford South University and Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center.

The restrictions were imposed Jan. 13 because of the active influenza outbreak in the area and the risk posed to patients.

As always, however, Sanford discourages anyone who is not feeling well from visiting patients.

“We want to thank our patients, their families, friends and visitors for their understanding and cooperation during the visitor restriction,” Joan Cook, Sanford’s director of infection prevention and control, said in a statement.

Unlike the stomach flu, which causes nausea, vomiting and digestive distress, symptoms of influenza include fever, body aches, headache, dry cough, sore throat, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Flu symptoms often last from three to four days, or one to two weeks in some cases.