Influenza remains the number one diagnosis for many doctors around the Valley, but other illnesses are keeping them just as busy.
Central Shenandoah Health District's Epidemiologist Deborah Bundy-Carpenter wants to know if you remember Chickenpox. She says it's still around, mostly in elementary school children. A fever can develop right before the rash appears. Then you may find blister-like lesions covering the body, usually concentrated on the face, scalp and torso. Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be spread by direct contact, coughing and sneezing.
In Waynesboro, Dr. Robert Fern, Waynesboro Pediatrics, is seeing flu, stomach flu, strep throat and RSV. Fern says with RSV, if your child is wheezing, having breathing difficulty or is less than six months old, was premature or has asthma, call your doctor right away.