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UW Health experiencing startling number of pediatric suicide-related emergency visits
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UW Health experiencing startling number of pediatric suicide-related emergency visits

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - UW Health is seeing a dramatic increase in pediatric suicide-related emergency visits.The number of visits has seen a significant jump since 2020. Ten years ago, UW Health said its pediatric emergency department saw about 15 patients per month who required psychiatric care. But by 2022, that number jumped to more than 40 per month. UW Health Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialist Shanda Wells suspects what is happening around here may be part of a national trend, with high rates of teens, including younger teens, attempting suicide, saying “we are not an exception to the national trend that’s for sure.”“Unfortunately, the last year has been record breaking in not a great way in the sense that we’ve seen more and more younger children coming in with these types of ...
UW Health says most RSV cases do not need testing
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UW Health says most RSV cases do not need testing

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - UW Health officials say most children showing symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus do not need to get tested. RSV is on the rise in Wis. and across the country, however, according to UW Health there’s no cause for concern in most cases. RSV symptoms are comparable to influenza and other viruses and symptom management does not change with a diagnosis of RSV.While children are not able to attend school if they have a fever, they typically recover well at home.“For most children RSV is a bad cold and they get over it on their own and the virus goes away,” Dr. Gregory Demuri, Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician, said. Parents should seek immediate medical attention if their child is struggling to breathe. Otherwise, questions about RSV should be directed to ...
UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks
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UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Doctors with UW Health are noting a huge uptick in flu cases over the last few weeks and are asking the community to stay safe. During the week of Nov. 21-27, UW Health reported 422 cases of influenza. A spokesperson for UW Health said that number is higher than anything it saw during the 2019-2020 flu season, which was the last one before the pandemic started. The health system says this increase in cases is concerning, as the 2019-2020 flu season was severe and peaked in February of 2020 with 318 cases in one week. UW Health officials say cases are not going down any time soon because we are now just starting the regular flu season. The rapid increase in influenza cases has taken them off guard. UW Health says it is very early to see cases skyrocket the way they...