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RSV Season is Here


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is an inflammation of the small

airways of the lungs, which can lead to very serious problems. The

infection can cause cold-like symptoms which include cough, runny

nose, wheezing and breathing difficulties that can last anywhere

from one to two weeks. Sometimes it affects babies who are born

premature or children younger than two years who are born with

heart and/or lung diseases, as well as children who also have

immune systems that are weakened due to illnesses.


More than 50% of infants experience an RSV infection within the

first year of life. Common modes of transmission are large aerosol

particles generated by coughing from infected individuals, and direct

physical contact with contaminated secretions. Sometimes patients

are hospitalized. If not treated, RSV can cause atelectasis and

pneumonia in a child.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a disease that impacts millions of

children each year. Supportive care includes nutrition, hydration,

clearing of nasal secretions, and oxygen if needed. Good

hand-washing techniques and contact isolation should be conducted to prevent RSV transmission. Those with risk factors, who meet criteria, should take extra precautions to prevent RSV infections.

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