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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

respiratorysyncytialvirus.jpgRSV, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, primarily affects children under the age of three during the cold-weather months. Symptoms can range from those of the common cold to a more severe bronchial infection, including pneumonia. RSV is transmitted through particle droplets found in respiratory secretions.

Although the treatment for RSV is symptomatic, hospitalization may be needed for those in acute distress, usually infants and children with impaired immune systems. If your child has a cold and has trouble breathing, is breathing rapidly, or is wheezing, call the doctor immediately.

To prevent the transmission of RSV, remove the infected individual from group settings and keep him or her in a smoke-free area. Additionally, take extra care when washing hands. Although recurrence of RSV is possible, it is likely to present as an upper respiratory infection in older children and adults.

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