Outbreak of croup in Great Falls reported
Posted: Jan 27, 2012 7:04 PM by Shannon Newth (Great Falls)
Updated: Jan 27, 2012 7:07
Cases of croup are sweeping through Great Falls daycare facilities and elementary schools.
Health officials tell us it's an usually bad season for croup.
Viral croup is the most common, but other causes include bacteria, allergies, and inhaled irritants. Acid reflux from the stomach can trigger croup.
Croup is usually caused by parainfluenza viruses, but RSV, measles, adenovirus, and influenza can all cause croup.
Before the era of immunizations and antibiotics, croup was a dreaded and deadly disease, usually caused by the diphtheria bacteria. Today, most cases of croup are mild. Nevertheless, it can still be dangerous...