Due to an increase in the numbers of influenza cases throughout Maryland and Anne Arundel County, the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is implementing a hospital-wide visitor restriction policy for the safety of patients, visitors and staff. No one under age 18 (except parents of a patient) is permitted to visit inpatient units. Children under 18 are not to be brought to outpatient or doctor visits, unless the appointment is for the child. Only two adult visitors are allowed per patient at a time. Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms — runny nose, fever, cough — are not permitted to visit hospital patients.