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To limit the spread of influenza in the ER, Rice Memorial Hospital has installed kiosks stocked with masks, hand sanitizer and tissues. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Rice Hospital emergency room taking precautions to limit the spread of flu


WILLMAR -- If you show up in Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room with symptoms of influenza, be prepared to put on a mask.

It's one of the steps the hospital is taking to try to limit the growing spread of influenza.

The number of people arriving in the emergency room with influenza-like illnesses has been on the rise, said Kathy Hunt, director of critical care services at Rice.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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