About Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV)

The flu is not the only virus that local hospitals have been seeing this winter, other bugs – such as RSV, which causes cold-like symptoms – are making the rounds.

RSV can lead to serious illness, especially in infants and older adults. Infants and young children may experience a fever, reduced appetite, runny nose, cough, and wheezing. Older children and adults may have a runny nose, sore throat, headache, cough, and a feeling of general sickness.

RSV spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending respiratory droplets into the air. These droplets can end up in other people’s eyes, mouths or noses, where they can cause infection. While there is no RSV vaccine, there are ways to help prevent infection.

To help prevent the spread of RSV, people who have cold-like symptoms should:

• Cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

• Wash their hands often with soap and water for 15–20 seconds

• Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others

• Refrain from kissing others.

To learn more, please visit the following helpful links:

http://www.choc.org/healthlibrary/topic.cfm?PageID=P02541

http://www.cdc.gov/features/rsv/index.html

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