Sickness Has Some Parents Worried about What's Going Around

LAVALETTE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kayla Blankenship has two young daughters. While Monday was a school day for them, both spent the day at home wrapped in blankets on the couch.

"It seems like I've been cleaning up puke since Thursday," Blankenship said. "With news of what's going around, I'm kind of scared."

Some local health departments and doctor's offices are testing everything from swine flu to strep, and it's been making headlines.

Janet Briscoe with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says that's a good and a bad thing.

"More people are aware of what's going on, but it's scaring them." Briscoe said. "That's the bad news. The good news is we're getting better tracking of what is and isn't going around because of it."

Briscoe says most of what's going around is nothing out of the ordinary. She said parents need to remember as students head back to school this time of year, it's not unusual for kids to start bringing things home.

Blankenship says her biggest fear is what's next.

"I hope my kids are OK," she said "I can't get in to see a doctor until next week; he's booked. These past few days have been miserable, and I'm worried I'm next."

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