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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

What is RSV?

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that causes cold-like symptoms. It is a common illness; however, it can lead to lung infections in young children, infants, older adults, and people with serious or chronic medical conditions. Although the symptoms do reflect a common cold, it is important to diagnose and treat RSV early. 

What are common RSV symptoms?

Common symptoms of RSV include: 

  • Runny nose 
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing 
  • Decreased appetite 

You can not tell the difference between a cold and RSV unless you visit a doctor. 

What infants are considered high risk?

Certain infants are considered high risk when diagnosed with RSV because it can quickly lead to more severe infections such as bronchiolitis or phenomena. Children at risk include: 

  • Infants 12 weeks old or younger 
  • Premature or low-weight babies 
  • Those diagnosed with chronic lung diseases
  • Babies with heart defects 
  • Children with weakened immune systems 
  • Children with asthma 
Infant baby with oxygen face mask and respiratory infection in hospital.

Call 319.730.7300 if you are concerned that you or your child may have RSV.