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Medical Experts Say Respiratory Illnesses Just Starting

Local health experts gave a snapshot of what they are seeing in doctors offices and hospitals in regards to flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases.

As the seasons change and the ongoing challenges of respiratory illnesses persist, medical experts agree that they are seeing a lot of the usual this time of year.

Dr. Matthew Bouchard, affiliated with UPMC Altoona and Bedford, reported that flu cases are currently mild, with very few positive cases.

“We tend to see an increase in flu cases over the holidays,” he said.

Dr. Elizabeth Dunmore, chief medical officer for Conemaugh H...


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