Sherman Alter, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was featured in a WDTN Channel 2 News report covering efforts to treat a recent spike in flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the Dayton area.
Alter is an infectious disease specialist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he teaches medical school students and residents the practice of pediatric medicine. The hospital has seen a surge in flu cases that nearly filled its available beds.
“Right now it doesn’t appear to be any worse than usual. Although, what concerns me is that we’re still on an upswing, so I don’t think, it’s hard to predict, but I think we could see more,” Alter said. “I think the school closings indicate how bad it is.”
On Thursday, Feb. 9, Dayton Children’s had fewer than 10 remaining beds, out of 155 it has available.
“Occasionally we have to make alternative plans, where to put the children, and many times it includes once a child is better and is able to be discharged, you know we try to discharge them on a timely basis, so we can admit the new ones,” Alter said.