A look at pediatric pneumonia in Ohio

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton looks at rising cases of pediatric pneumonia in one Ohio county.
1:49 | 12/01/23

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. >> DeMarco: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT >> DeMarco: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PEDIATRIC PNEUMONIA CASES IN ONE PEDIATRIC PNEUMONIA CASES IN ONE COUNTY. COUNTY. >> Dr. Jen: WHITE LUNG PNEUMONIA >> Dr. Jen: WHITE LUNG PNEUMONIA IS NOT A MEDICAL TERM. IS NOT A MEDICAL TERM. LIKELY ORIGINATED FROM THE FACT LIKELY ORIGINATED FROM THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU SEE AN X-RAY OF A THAT WHEN YOU SEE AN X-RAY OF A PERSON WHO IS DEALING WITH PERSON WHO IS DEALING WITH PNEUMONIA, THE X-RAY IMAGE LOOKS PNEUMONIA, THE X-RAY IMAGE LOOKS WHITER THAN NORMAL, RIGHT? WHITER THAN NORMAL, RIGHT? BUT THERE IS NO TERM WHITE LUNG, BUT THERE IS NO TERM WHITE LUNG, IT IS NOT A NEW INFECTION, IT IS IT IS NOT A NEW INFECTION, IT IS NOT A MEDICAL TERM. NOT A MEDICAL TERM. GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION BECAUSE ONE COUNTY IN OHIO IS BECAUSE ONE COUNTY IN OHIO IS REPORTING 142 PEDIATRIC CASES OF REPORTING 142 PEDIATRIC CASES OF PNEUMONIA, AND PEOPLE ARE PNEUMONIA, AND PEOPLE ARE SOMETIMES THINKING THAT THAT SOMETIMES THINKING THAT THAT MIGHT BE RELATED TO INCREASE IN MIGHT BE RELATED TO INCREASE IN PEDIATRIC PNEUMONIA CASES BEING PEDIATRIC PNEUMONIA CASES BEING REPORTED IN CHINA, THAT IT IS REPORTED IN CHINA, THAT IT IS NEW STRAINS OF VIRUS OR NEW STRAINS OF VIRUS OR BACTERIA. BACTERIA. NONE OF THAT IS THE CASE. NONE OF THAT IS THE CASE. THE CDC HAS SAID THAT THERE ARE THE CDC HAS SAID THAT THERE ARE NO -- I'M QUOTING, NO UNUSUAL NO -- I'M QUOTING, NO UNUSUAL PATTERNS OF MICROPLASMA PATTERNS OF MICROPLASMA BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA INFECTIONS BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA INFECTIONS IN OHIO, NOT SEEING HIGHER IN OHIO, NOT SEEING HIGHER NUMBERS THAN ANY NORMALLY SEE. NUMBERS THAN ANY NORMALLY SEE. SO WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT ONE SO WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT ONE COUNTY, OKAY, THEY'RE SEEING COUNTY, OKAY, THEY'RE SEEING SOME PEDIATRIC CASES OF SOME PEDIATRIC CASES OF PNEUMONIA, WE'RE GETTING INTO PNEUMONIA, WE'RE GETTING INTO THAT SEASON. THAT SEASON. THE CDC TRACKS THIS, NOT ONLY IN THE CDC TRACKS THIS, NOT ONLY IN OHIO, BUT IN EVERY COUNTY OHIO, BUT IN EVERY COUNTY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AND DIFFERENT ORGANISMS CAN AND DIFFERENT ORGANISMS CAN CAUSE PNEUMONIA, COULD BE VIRAL, CAUSE PNEUMONIA, COULD BE VIRAL, COULD BE BACTERIAL. COULD BE BACTERIAL. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN PEOPLE HEAR HEADLINES LIKE THIS PEOPLE HEAR HEADLINES LIKE THIS TO REALLY TRY TO DO THE DEEP TO REALLY TRY TO DO THE DEEP DIVE, GO TO CREDIBLE SOURCES, SO DIVE, GO TO CREDIBLE SOURCES, SO THAT YOU'RE NOT MISINFORMED OR THAT YOU'RE NOT MISINFORMED OR MISLED INTO THINKING THERE IS MISLED INTO THINKING THERE IS SOMETHING THERE WORSE THAN IT SOMETHING THERE WORSE THAN IT IS. IS. >> Eva: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU >> Eva: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOURSELF OR YOUR CAN DO TO KEEP YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS FROM GETTING THIS? KIDS FROM GETTING THIS? >> Dr. Jen: WHEN TALKING ABOUT >> Dr. Jen: WHEN TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN, IF IT IS AGAINST CHILDREN, IF IT IS AGAINST VIRUSES, MAKE SURE THEY'RE VIRUSES, MAKE SURE THEY'RE VACCINATED, THEY HAVE THE VACCINATED, THEY HAVE THE APPROPRIATE IMMUNIZATIONS AND APPROPRIATE IMMUNIZATIONS AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS WE SAW ALL OF THOSE THINGS WE SAW DURING COVID, STAYING HOME WHEN DURING COVID, STAYING HOME WHEN YOU'RE SICK, COUGHING THE PROPER

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