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Reports of a Severe Respiratory Illness on the Rise

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Areas of the U.S. are experiencing an outbreak of respiratory illness that has sent hundreds of children to the hospital.
Air Date: 9/17/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mary Anne Jackson, MD
Mary Anne Jackson picDr. Mary Anne Jackson obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati where she was recognized with the Samuel Dalinsky Memorial Award as the outstanding graduating resident. She then completed her infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Texas-Southwestern completing an additional year of research in the laboratory of Eric Hansen, PhD. Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, she has been a member of the faculty at Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics since 1984 where she is Section Chief in Infectious Diseases and the Associate Chair for Community and Regional Physician Collaboration. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Infectious Disease Society of America and a member of the American Pediatric Society. She has served on the editorial boards of Healthy Kids, Concise Reviews in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is a current member of the editorial board of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. She currently is the medical editor for the infectious diseases sub-board for the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). She has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Jackson's research focuses on strategies to reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infection, treatment of antibiotic resistant infection and vaccine implementation and education.
Reports of a Severe Respiratory Illness on the Rise
Areas of the U.S. are experiencing an outbreak of respiratory illness that has sent hundreds of children to the hospital. Some of the states affected include Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested a number of these cases and found they were a type of enterovirus, a common virus that usually causes mild respiratory illness but that can become severe in some individuals.

The CDC has updated information about this outbreak, including treatment recommendations and prevention advice here.

Listen in as Dr. Mary Anne Jackson provides important information regarding this very serious outbreak.
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