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Illness Sweeps Through the SCV

Posted: February 12, 2008 12:24 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2008 2:01 a.m.
Local hospitals and clinics are "running rampant" with patients showing up with flu-like symptoms, officials said Monday.

Emergency room staff at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital are treating more patients than usual who are exhibiting symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains, a spokesman for the hospital told The Signal Monday.
"We're seeing an increase in the number of patients exhibiting these symptoms," said Laura Young, public relations manager for the hospital.
Emergency room doctors and nurses report seeing an average of 133 patients each day, up from 122 patients reporting as having the same symptoms during last year's flu season, Young said.
"It's running rampant with regards to the number of patients with these symptoms," she said.
Young advises anyone who thinks they are coming down with the flu to monitor their body temperature.
"They need to be aware of their body and monitor their body temperature," she said. "A reading of 104 degrees Fahrenheit is bad.
"Although the flu symptoms can start out as mild, they can become severe without very much notice," she added.
A male nurse at Facey Medical Center in Valencia said reports of many patients showing signs of the flu sounds correct.
"We have a high number of patients coming in, but we can't talk right now because we're busy," he said.
One 10-year-old boy whose family took him to urgent care at Facey Medical Center Wednesday night told The Signal Monday that he had to wait 90 minutes before being seen by a physician.
A Valencia mother of three who wished to remain anonymous said she considers herself lucky, since her 4-year-old daughter has only a cold.
"My daughter has a cold but I know at least six pre-school children who have pneumonia," she said. "So many kids are sick right now."
Representatives of at least two elementary school districts said Monday that there was an unusual number of students reported absent due to illness.


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