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.
Common symptoms of RSV include:
You can not tell the difference between a cold and RSV unless you visit a doctor.
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: