What's Going Around

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Updated: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:38:51 CST

The flu and pneumonia are going around Central Nebraska.

News 5's Ginger ten Bensel spoke to area doctors about those illnesses and more in this week's edition of What's Going Around.

Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says that the flu is going around.

He is also seeing patients with bronchitis with a lingering cough.

Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that she is seeing gastroenteritis and more cases of the flu.  She says a symptom of the flu can be red eyes that are not mattery.

Red Eyes can be a symptom of the addno virus or the Kawasaki virus as well..  Plus Red eyes be a reaction to chemicals, smoke or allergies.

Kutilek is also seeing patients with viral exanthems.  Symptoms include red spots caused by a virus.  The patients don't have to have a respiratory virus to have the spots on the body.

The red spots are usually caused by the coxsackie virus or the enterovirus.  The red dots are not raised they are flat on the skin.

She also hospitalized a an extremely sick patient with both pneumonia and influenza A.

Kutilek says in a case like this one, it's usually a bacterium in conjunction with influenza A.  The child had fast labored breathing, couldn't talk and was extremely tired.

The patient was in respiratory failure and was put in an incubator.

If your child is ill it's important for them to get sleep but make sure you wake them up and be sure they are drinking.

For more information you can go to our website KHAS–TV dot com.

With what's going around I'm Ginger ten Bensel news 5.