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Hundreds of Houston area children suffer from respiratory illness

HOUSTON, TX (January09, 2014)

A highly contagious respiratory virus has landed hundreds of children in Houston-area hospitals this season, with the number of diagnosed patients even outpacing those with the flu, officials said. At Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, more than 140 pediatric patients have been admitted since October due to RSV, officials said. The hospital could not provide numbers for 2012. "We've definitely had a heavy RSV season, with a lot of RSV admissions," said Dr. Galit Holzmann-Pazgal, medical director of infection control for Children's Memorial Hermann. "And I would say some of them have been quite severe."

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