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Measles scare prompts LifeBridge to ban hospital visitors under the age of 14

LifeBridge owns four hospitals in Maryland
Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 10, 2019

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — LifeBridge Health has implemented a major change to their hospital visitor policy.

On Wednesday, the health care organization announced that effective immediately, no one under the age of 14 will be allowed visitation at any LifeBridge hospital.

The company cited a confirmed case of measles in the area as the reason for the change.

"Measles is highly contagious among people who are not vaccinated, so we made this proactive decision to protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees," LifeBridge said in a statement.

LifeBridge owns four hospitals in Maryland including Northwest, Sinai, Levindale, and Carroll.

Officials are urging those who may be experiencing measles symptoms to call their primary physician for instructions rather than coming to a hospital.

It's unclear how long the new policy will stay in effect.