UVA Health: RSV infections in children on the rise

Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 4:50 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Doctors with UVA Health are seeing an increase of respiratory syncytial virus in children this season.

RSV is usually an upper respiratory tract infection, with symptoms including a cough, runny nose, and sometimes a low fever.

Less common but more serious are lower respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, and signs to watch out for are wheezing and difficulty breathing.

“[RSV] is a very common childhood illness, most children will actually have their first RSV infection by the time they’re two years of age,” Doctor Debbie-Ann Shirley said.

To protect your child from RSV, UVA Health doctors recommend getting your flu shot, washing your hands often, and wearing a mask in public spaces.

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