Health officials: Children getting sick, but not the flu

Health officials say they've seen more cases of viruses like Croup, and Hand Foot and Mouth this year, November 15, 2017. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- From parents, to school nurses, they say viral infections are making their rounds.

"My daughter has been sick, already this year already," said one parent we spoke to.

"We've seen quite a bit of different things and it goes in spurts," said Kristen Johnson, Nurse for the Green Bay School District.

Johnson says she's seen an increase in the "Hand, Foot, and Mouth" virus, "It's a rash, that starts on the face into the mouth, and blisters, on the hands and feet."

She says the virus has been found district-wide, "We've seen that at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. There have been children, who have been out with Hand, Foot and Mouth."

Along with the Hand Foot and Mouth virus, Dr. Donald Beno, pediatrician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, says he's also seen another virus, called "Croup."

  • For signs and symptoms of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, click here.
  • For more information on Croup, click here.

Beno explained, it's a respiratory infection that causes a barking-like cough, "We'll have different illnesses that will become more common at different seasons, this year, we had more Croup and more Hand Foot and Mouth, than previous years."

Health officials like Johnson and Beno say the best way to prevent viruses from spreading, is if your child has a cold, or fever to have them stay home.

"We don't want to have a kid, more infectious walking around school spreading to their classmates," said Beno.

He also suggests, teaching children proper hand-washing practices, "Hand washing, cover their mouth when they cough, or sneeze, especially then washing their hands, after they cough or sneeze."

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