Pneumonia Cases Are Not Suspected Of Being A New Respiratory Virus


LEBANON, OH -- The Warren County Health District put out a press release today wanting to reiterate the increase in reported pneumonia cases is not suspected of being a new/novel respiratory virus, but rather a large uptick in the number of typical pediatric pneumonia cases. There has been zero evidence of this outbreak being connected to other outbreaks, either statewide, nationally or internationally.

In its first release the WCHD explained, "at this time, we have 145 reported cases of pneumonia in children ages 3 years – 14 years. There have been no reported deaths. While the number of cases is higher this year, the severity is similar to previous years. Most cases recover at home and are treated with antibiotics." 

The purpose for sharing this information, the WCHD noted, was so that individuals can take necessary steps to protect, not only their health, but the health of others.

"It is not uncommon for respiratory illnesses to spread in the community during this time of year," the press release said. Also following the basic precautions, such as washing hands, covering mouth when coughing, and staying home and away from others when sick, will help protect both the individual and others.

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