North Carolina has been one of the hardest hit states in the country with flu complications this season. Up to 35% of patients with the flu will develop viral pneumonia which can be life threatening. Young children and adults over 65 are the most susceptible, however healthy young people are also dying from infections like Adenovirus 14. Symptoms include persistent NONPRODUCTIVE cough, fever, chills, wheezing and rash. Viral pneumonia can cause persistent lung problems like asthma and can also lead to permanent lung disease like interstitial fibrosis. To reduce the chance of contracting and/or transferring the illness,remember when out in public to, cover your mouth when you cough, keep your hands away from your mouth and nose and wash your hands often.
Mary Lee Cudd, PA-C