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What's Going Around: Roseola, Skin Infections and Bug Bites
After talking with a number of area doctors, News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has learned of a number of illnesses that residents need to be aware of this time of year.
In this week's "What's Going Around" segment, doctors explain how to detect the signs of these sicknesses.
Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says she's seen patients with Roseola. It's a human herpes virus.
Patients usually have a fever for three days, followed by a pinkish red rash. The rash is most commonly seen on the upper body, head and neck, but doesn't itch.
Patients with Roseola may also have a cough, headache, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is generally seen in children between the ages of six months to two years.
Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says that sore throats and strep throat are still going around.
Johnson is also seeing more people with skin infections including staph. He says it's just a reminder of the importance of keeping your tetanus shots up to date.
Patients need a tetanus booster every ten years.
Dr. Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic says he's seen a large number of patients with ticks. In many cases, animals carried the ticks into the house.
He says if you are trying to remove a tick from yourself or another person, slowly and gently pull the tick off with a pair of tweezers and make sure you see a doctor to make sure the bite is not infected.
Ticks carry a number of diseases including Rocky Mountain Fever.
Deer ticks carry Lyme Disease.
A deer tick is one tenth the size of a regular tick.
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