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LeBonheur ready if Swine Flu hits

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Friday, doctors at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center said they are ready for the possibility of swine flu.

"We will be surprised if we don't have cases in the Memphis area," Dr. Keith English said. "It is likely the virus is going to spread all over the US and there will be more cases."

Doctors are urging parents to be alert when it comes to their children, asking them to take the necessary precautions to limit the virus.

"If your child has been exposed to someone who has the confirmed case of flu or flu-like illness, you should go to your pediatrician and have them perform the adequate tests," Dr. Tim Gillespie said.

Dr. Keith English says children are more often exposed to the virus because of schools and day cares.

"Young children, particularly those less than five or less than one do have an increased risk of complications," he said. "It's important to think about diagnosing and treating that group compared to say older children."

Here are some warning signs when children may be in need of medical attention:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish color skin
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Fever, rash or cough

Most importantly, doctors say, the best line of defense is keep your children away from those who may be contagious.

"Avoiding contact with sick people and avoiding spreading disease to yourself is a very important part of healthcare," English said.

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