Respiratory Synctial Virus

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. RSV is the primary cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under the age of one.

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Key RSV Facts

RSV is spread similarly to a cold, through respiratory secretions or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.

RSV can be very serious in babies. Seek immediate medical attention for heavy coughing, rapid breathing, or fever.

There is no vaccine for RSV. Protect yourself by covering your cough and sneezes, and washing your hands frequently.

Laboratories participating in the WVHIN shall report laboratory evidence of acute infection through electronic laboratory reporting.

ALL RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS RELATED DEATHS IN INDIVIDUALS ≤ 5 YEARS OF AGE are to be reported to the LOCAL health department within
ONE WEEK.

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