A Few Clouds
Pressure : 29.80 in
Dewpoint : 46.0 °
Wind : Northwest
What's Going Around: Pertussis, common cold, allergies
A number of illnesses are going around central Nebraska. Dr. Janice Kutlek with the Grand Island Clinic says that Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is going around.
A newborn baby less than a month old was brought into her office suffering from apnea. The parents had noticed that the baby stopped breathing while it was asleep. The baby did not have any other symptoms. And there was no fever, no runny nose, or a cough.
When the baby was brought into Kutilek's office she said the baby acted normal.
Kutilek admitted the child into the hospital with apnea and Pertussis.
She says that a newborn's only symptoms for pertussis are usually apnea - not the classic cough.
Kutilek says that's why it is so important to get immunized for Pertussis. Kutilek's patient was incubated and sent to Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.
Plus Kutilek says that the common cold is still in the air and Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says that he's seeing patients with the common cold as well.
Along with the common cold, he's seeing a lot of allergy sufferers plus patients with bronchitis. The patients with colds and bronchitis have an acute cough and sinus congestion. These are viral illnesses and they come and go.
Johnson is also giving lots of flu shots. And he has tested several patients for Pertussis but as of now he has not seen any patients with the illness.
KHASTV on Facebook