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    What Illnesses are in the pediatric community right now?


    1. Gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) This illness has been lasting any where from around 12 hours up to several days.  It also has been easily spread amongst family members.

    2. Lots of "colds".  Some people have fever with the nasal symptoms and cough - others do not.  The illness normally lasts about 10 days.

    3. Sore throats  Most of the children we are seeing have a sore throat secondary to viral illnesses.  This is the type of infection that does not need an antibiotic for treatment. However, if your child has been exposed to strep throat, it would be a good idea to have him or her checked.

    4. Bronchiolitis, sometimes caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)..  This illness primarily affects younger children under 2 years of age.  Infants are especially susceptible and may become seriously ill.  Symptoms are a frequent cough, faster than normal breathing, and occasionally wheezing or crackles that can be heard..  There can be a fever but it is not present in every case.

    5.  Influenza.  We are seeing occasional cases now in mid January.

    You can read about all of these illnesses in more depth in our Resources tab.
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