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About Swine Flu is there an H1N1.
Out there it turns out that there may be this is -- new rhino virus which is basically the common cold.
That mirrors the symptoms of H1N1 and doctors have found out that hundreds of kids treated at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.
Had this rhino virus not H1N1.
-- now federal health investigators are looking to see.
If this is happening in other parts of the country as well.
Joining us now is doctor Jake Deutsch a medical doctor Hackensack University Medical Center doctor thanks for being here hi how are you -- well let's talk about what happened in Philadelphia hundreds of kids' -- show up at Children's Hospital there.
Thinking that they have Swine Flu what -- their symptoms.
A lot of the same symptoms fevers cough.
Body -- But the thing that's usually particular to the rhino virus -- the runny nose -- upper respiratory.
Secretions and that's why it's called rhino virus and by by rhino virus you mean basically dot com and become -- -- -- this is not a new virus but we had seen and this population.
A peak of children have presented with what we thought was influenza.
Which turned out to be the rhino virus there was a little misleading in the diagnosis this must have been very confusing for doctors and I'm wondering if it was confusing for the ultimate reporting of Swine -- -- and -- -- escalating because of this strange common cold strain well this is only looking at Philadelphia but we can extrapolated to the country and it.
Most likely reflect some over reporting of the incidence of Swine Flu back in September.
However we are still seeing high heat numbers of Swine Flu and H1N1.
In the hospitals now and we're assuming anybody that comes when it comes in with a viral illness now.
Is presenting with H1N1.
-- -- you -- an emergency room doctor seeing lots of are -- Hollywood like when these doors slide open how many Swine Flu cases are you -- you know on an average day may be seeing ten to fifteen but I work and hospital where they're six doctors that are on call at one time it's difficult to put an actual number on that but we're seeing.
A little higher than average across the country.
Seeing about 22 million people that have been diagnosed with -- -- -- -- and about 4000 deaths so that's a little bit higher than average.
Lots of people coming in with fear his body -- typical flu symptoms and -- -- get to the bottom of what they really have we're just making a presumptive diagnosis based on -- clinical presentations so if you have the fever of the body extra cough.
We assume that you have the Swine Flu.
But it's really important to educate people covering your mouth washing your hands doing the things that you normally would for the flu is the best protection that we have but.
But ultimately you have a test don't you they can tell you -- -- somebody had the common cold.
Or indeed Swine Flu but think it takes a lot to get the result.
And we're not doing it routinely so unless you're being admitted to the intensive care unit -- -- you have serious illness were not making those tests available.
Because it's going to just exhaust the resources for the hospitals -- -- for the parents listening out there this morning how -- they know how to interpret.
For their child's fever infinite.
Well I think that you have to assume that they have a viral illness and use your judgment make you would normally when they're sick.
-- if they look more sick if they have underlying medical problems you need to call your pediatrician.
I think this incidents with the rhino virus is interesting because a lot of people who may now think that there are kids are immune to hatred and one.
May not be choosing to get the vaccine.
May be in fact candidates so that's something to talk about with your pediatrician.
Also the Tamiflu the antiviral agents are not effective that this -- -- -- -- so.
You have to have good medical advice make sure your car your doctor before had nothing on the man it's -- -- get worse in the wintertime now Jake just thanks so much for thank you.
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