CHAPEL HILL – Due to a rapid increase in flu cases, visitation rules in the N.C. Children’s and N.C. Cancer Hospitals in Chapel Hill are being temporarily restricted.

Beginning Monday, children less than 12 years old will be prohibited from visiting patients in the designated areas. Normal visiting policies will remain in effect for the remaining areas within UNC Hospitals.

The visitation restrictions will be reassessed when the number of new influenza cases begins to decline. Visitors with fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home.

More than 100 patients have tested positive for influenza and three patients have died from the flu so far this flu season at UNC Hospitals, according hospital officials.

As of Friday, 13 total deaths in North Carolina had been attributed to the flu, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Duke University Health System hospitals began restricting visitation rules on Monday, December 30. The restrictions are also only temporary.