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    Surging number of cases involving respiratory virus affecting babies, small children
    By Sarah Thomsen, WBAY |
    Posted: Tue 9:32 AM, Jan 14, 2020

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)-- A dangerous and potentially deadly respiratory virus affecting young children is surging across the state.

    The virus, known as RSV, makes breathing very difficult, especially for babies, often requiring them to receive breathing treatments or be hospitalized.

    Doctors say parents need to be on the lookout for symptoms as hospitals are filling up more children needing help just to breathe.

    "Right now, just because it's that time of year, we're seeing a lot of kids with RSV," says Dr. John Taylor, a Prevea Health pediatric intensivist at HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Taylor and his medical team are working hard to keep up with a rising number of young patients needing to be hospitalized.

    This weekend alone, eight children were admitted with RSV.

    "We're full. I've also talked with the PICUs around the state. We all communicate with each other. Every one is packed, not just in the intensive care units, but in the hospitals themselves," says Dr. Taylor...