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Sick kids flooding ER in Alabama


CNN Health
By Jacque Wilson

(CNN) -- Children with severe respiratory illnesses are flooding the emergency room of USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, according to CNN affiliate WPMI.

Doctors started noticing an increase in children with severe colds and troubling breathing in mid-August, said Dr. Jason Richerson, medical director of USA Children's & Women's Evaluation Center. Since then, more than 340 children have been treated at the hospital. Around 45 of them were admitted.

Doctors told WPMI that these patients are usually in the hospital for one to two days; others are being treated and released the same day.

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