Denver, CO: Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, and other area children's hospitals have experienced an influx of patients due to a severe respiratory illness. William Cornejo, a 13-year-old moderate asthmatic, had mild cold symptoms that turned life-threatening overnight. He is one of five children that RMHC physicians put on a ventilator this week.

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Concerned parents should remember to encourage proper hand hygiene (washing hands frequently) and common sense: avoid sick people, stay home when you or your children are sick and keep asthma under control with medication and open communication with your doctor.