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Wet spring caused spike in respiratory illnesses


Spring rains and high pollen and mold counts are causing a spike in respiratory illnesses in early summer, doctors say.

Dr. Steven Elliott of Evansville says he has averaged almost one patient a day with pneumonia and about six a day with bronchitis, which is rare for this time of year.

Elliott says a long, rainy spring produced an abundance of pollen and poor air quality, resulting in more allergic reactions.

The weather conditions also have led to a spike in respiratory viral infections in infants. Dr. Michael Verive of St. Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children in Evansville says he saw young babies wind up on ventilators as a result.

Information from: Evansville

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