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We're -- tracking -- did some are describing a public health crisis in Alabama right now officials say two people are dead.
Five others hospitalized.
With a mysterious.
Illness -- respiratory illness symptoms include a fever.
And shortness of -- But that's about all we have right now doctor Ken Campbell as a practicing cardiologist assistant professor medicine.
At the University of North Carolina we bury the lead a little bit there a doctor Campbell because -- -- that did the CDC is involved here.
They're they're very concerned about this even though it's such a small group -- significant is it -- you.
When -- have been the government involved now.
Well I think it's a very beneficial thing to have the CDC involved.
Because the CDC is expert at tracking illnesses and has lots of infectious disease expert.
This particular illness is disturbing because it moved so quickly and makes people very very sick.
So we need to understand more about the disease what the commonalities.
In the patients are.
And what is causing the disease -- we can best -- it you know this coming year if you think about.
Having a cost Cochrane serve respiratory.
Ailments you you might think of allergies.
Rather than inventing -- the flu but in in your mind you think that potentially this could be -- sort of flew me mutation.
I really think that that's very likely.
None of these patients have travel based on the information that I have which would lead us to believe it's something more localized certainly the flu virus mutates and changes very quickly.
And this could be a particularly virulent.
Strain of the -- list.
You know there's been outbreaks of things called corona -- virus in England that caused lots of deaths in this does not appear to be that they.
-- But about the age range -- when you think of someone getting ill or thinking of the CDC looking into some illnesses as surprising here that.
That's had people died from this and that's that's particularly alarming what what makes this disease so -- where this illness whatever it.
We you know typically patients that are more susceptible to die from illnesses such as influenza.
Or elderly or very young.
With undeveloped immune systems also folks who have chronic illnesses like heart disease or lung disease or diabetes are more susceptible to having.
More complications from an infectious illness.
Also patients who may not have a normally functioning immune system that may have another in the units oppressive disease.
And that's -- think that I would be looking for far we're looking at these patients.
What do you make -- -- fact it's only in Alabama right now.
You know it may be just a particular strain that has.
Come up just there in that look how.
And it may spread it may not I think that the key from a public health standpoint.
Is that we yes votes to wash their hands to cover their mouth when they cough with your elbow and that help -- workers need to be using respiratory -- when they interact with these types of patients health officials are telling us they don't want -- a panic there's a lot of unknowns that.
Descending that we would definitely caught our attention and we appreciate your expertise -- doctor Campbell thank you so much.
Thanks for having me today --
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