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What's Going Around: Colds, metapneumovirus, allergies
The season has changed, but there are still a number of different illnesses going around Central Nebraska. News 5's Ginger ten Bensel takes a look in this week's edition of "What's Going Around"
Colds and metapneumovirus are just two of the things going around this week.
Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says she's seen some patients with a high fever, headache, cough, sore throat, and influenza like symptoms. But it's not the flu.
One possibility is the metapneumovirus. It's a virus that can cause wheezing and a low grade fever, along with a runny nose and RSV type symptoms. Another Metapneumovirus symptom is fast labored breathing.
If your children have these symptoms it's important to see a doctor. They may need a breathing treatment.
Kutilek has also seen patients dealing with vomiting, diarrhea, strep throat and respiratory viruses.
She says she's only seen a few cases of influenza this season.
Dr. Kutilek attributes that to the proactive approach to immunizations.
Doctor Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says it's been a slow flu season in his office, too. But one of the clinic's patients had to be admitted because of the illness.
Dr. Johnson says colds and Bronchitis are the two main illnesses that he has seen this week.
He also says asthma has flared up. And he believes that the warmer weather has triggered seasonal allergies. Patients are dealing with a lot of sneezing and congestion.
Doctor Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic says he's seen a lot of patients dealing with an early onset of allergies as well.
Dr. Daniel Leonard with The Child and Adolescent Clinic in Hastings says he's seen a patient with a very uncommon illness called Epiglottitis.
It's brought on by a bacterial infection where the epiglottis swells and it can be life threatening. Symptoms include severe breathing difficulty. This is a vaccine preventable illness. Ask your doctor about the HIB vaccine for children under the age of one.
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