In a controversial move a Fayetteville Hospital has determined that the babies being tended for in a neonatal unit will not receive antiviral drugs despite the fact that an employee working there had the swine flu. A hospital spokeswoman says babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center won’t receive antiviral drugs, although an employee has tested positive for swine flu.
It was reported in the Fayetteville Observer that the Medical Center’s doctors believe the babies’ risk for contact with the virus is extremely low. It was indicated that they took into consideration the side effects to the babies if they would have had the antiviral drugs.
Authorities representing Cape Fear Valley medical Center would not comment on what the employee’s position is there, but did mention that they are no longer at work. They have determined that employees are at greater risk to contracting the swine flu so they are being treated with antiviral drugs.
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