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What's Going Around: Rotavirus, Hand Foot Mouth Disease
Some severe illnessess have been going around in Central Nebraska. News 5's Ginger ten Bensel talked to a Grand Island doctor in this week's edition of What's Going Around.
Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that she saw two patients with the rotavirus and they both had to be hospitalized.
Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.
It's a virus that children are immunized for because of the severity of the illness.
Neither one of the children had been immunized for it, though, and they ended up in the hospital suffering from dehydration.
The center of disease control recommends that all children get a series of vaccines before they're a year old.
According to the CDC, Rotavirus is responsible for an estimated 500,000 infant deaths around the world each year, mainly in countries that are low-to middle-income.
Doctor Kutilek says that she's also seen three patients with pneumonia. It's atypical and it's usually brought on from mycroplasma.
Mycroplasma is a bacterial pneumonia that is known as walking pneumonia. Mycroplasma can cause a rash, but that is rare. Symptoms for atypical pneumonia are a cough that won't go away and fatigue.
Kutilek says normally with walking pneumonia the patient does not get that sick but she says there are extremes to everything.
Kutilek went on to say that she's still seeing a lot of patients with Hand Foot and Mouth disease.
She says she's never seen this many cases of that illness. And every child she's seen with Hand Foot and Mouth disease has been under the age of two.
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