RSV

  • Symptoms of RSV

    Symptoms of RSV are similar to colds and other respiratory infections.  They may include coughing, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, fever, loss of appetite, wheezing, and trouble sleeping.  Very young infants may become irritable, have difficulty breathing, and show decreased activity.  Severe cases of RSV can also result in bluish skin color due to a lack of oxygen and difficulty breathing.

    Most people show symptoms of RSV within 4-6 days of being infected and will recover within 1-2 weeks.  However, people can continue to be contagious for 1-3 weeks after they have stopped manifesting symptoms.

    RSV is diagnosed through a chest X-ray and mucus sample that is analyzed for presence of the virus.  However, because the symptoms are very similar to a cold, the disease often goes undiagnosed.

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  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus that leads to mild cold-like symptoms in healthy adults and children, but can be more serious in young babies and those in high-risk groups.

    RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in infants under one year old.  It is very contagious and almost all children are infected by the time they are two, but only a small percentage develop a severe illness.

    Babies are at the highest risk of contracting RSV.  Premature babies and those who have underdeveloped lungs or did not receive enough antibodies from their mother are particularly at risk as are infants with chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease and anyone with weak immune systems.

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