Doctors in the Cape Fear region see upper respiratory infections

Reported by Kim Ratcliff - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Doctors in Pender and Bladen Counties are seeing a number of patients with upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, and asthma.  They have also seen a few cases of pneumonia.

Symptoms include sore throat and a runny nose, which could lead to cough and wheezing.  They are mostly viral in nature.

Pender County Health Department officials recommend frequent hand washing, nasal saline mist, and keeping a close eye on breathing with premature babies and infants.  They also say to listen for wheezing and look for signs of difficulty breathing.

See a doctor if wheezing occurs, your child has a high temperature, or has history of wheezing or asthma.

Doctors at the Pender County Health Department say cases of H1N1 have calmed down since November, but remind everyone that the peak of the regular flu season is in February and March so it's not too late to get vaccinated.

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