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RSV: Coming soon to neighborhoods near you

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A local hospital is bursting at the seams with sick children.

For the past two weeks, the University of Kansas Hospital said they have been seeing an increase in little ones coming in with RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, a virus doctors say can overpower children quickly. 

Hospitals officials also said they have seen an increase in children infected with the flu virus.

Dr. Michael Lewis checked out 9-month-old Selenna Castillo on Wednesday, as her mother looked on praying for her little girl diagnosed with RSV.

"She was sick for about five days. [She] really got bad the last two days and had a fever." Selenna's mother, Briana Magdaleno, said.

Magdaleno said her daughter was up every two hours crying, couldn't breathe and was choking on her mucus.

"I kept trying to rock her but it didn't' really help," she said.

And little Selenna is not the only one suffering.

On the pediatrics floor, doctors and nurses have run out of beds to put the children in. They have 25 private pediatric rooms, and Lewis said they have been above capacity for more than two weeks.

"We won't turn any patients away that need hospitalization. So with the cooperation of a lot of our other units, we have a lot of other nurses who are trained to take care of pediatric patients, not just on the peds floor," Lewis said.

So that means a trip to the Burnett burn unit, a far cry from the pediatric unit. 

"Most of our cases have not been fully immunized, unfortunately. They were kind of presented with a lot of cough, some fevers, some dehydration, just not feeling well," Lewis said.

And he says he doesn't expect the rush of pediatric patients with RSV and flu to slow down anytime soon.

A representative at the hospital said the transfer department has been receiving a number of calls checking on available beds everyday. 

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