01/12/2013 05:30 EST | Updated 03/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Newfoundland Visitor Restrictions Imposed As Influenza-Like Virus Continues To Spread

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Two syringes containing flu vaccine lie ready at the Whitman-Walker Health Clinic in Washington, DC on January 10, 2013. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that this year's flu season is expected to be one of the worst the country has seen in 10 years. AFP PHOTO Eva HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland's largest health authority has imposed visitor restrictions on a nursing home, adding to a growing list of health facilities affected by an influenza-like virus.

Eastern Health says only immediate family members will be allowed to visit patients at the Blue Crest Nursing Home in Grand Bank.

Nearly 20 other health facilities have either been closed or are under visitor restrictions.

The health authority says people should not visit any health facility in the region if they feel ill or are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms.

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