Doctors: Wave of Viruses, Not Only Flu, Are Sweeping Long Island
“Epidemic is a scary word,” Leonardi said. The word, however, doesn’t frighten Dr. Deborah Friedman, a specialist in pediatric intensive care and a professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College in Westchester County. Friedman also is a spokeswoman for a consortium of hospital labs that monitor RSV statewide. She said the viral infection has reached epidemic levels elsewhere in New York, and because viruses are unpredictable, it is anyone’s guess where the infectious agent will next cause outbreaks.
“The epidemic at the current time is in New York City. Of course, these things change quickly. So we can assume that the epidemic will be spreading,” said Friedman, who is part of RSVAlert. The service relies on information from 23 laboratories throughout the state known as the Core Based Statistical Group. No Long Island hospitals are in the consortium.
NYMC Faculty: Deborah M. Friedman, M.D., professor of pediatrics