One of most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants and the elderly is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Up to 150,000 children under one and 177,000 adults over 65 are hospitalized with RSV each year. This podcast discusses RSV transmission, symptoms and proper care. Created: 3/25/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 3/25/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
RSV for Young and Old
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Activity — United States, July 2008–December 2009
Recorded: March 23, 2010; posted: March 25, 2010
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Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is one of most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants and the elderly. Each year, up to 150,000 children under one and 177,000 adults over 65 are hospitalized with RSV. It’s highly contagious and commonly transmitted in daycare centers, nursing homes, and schools. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, wheezing, and sometimes difficulty breathing. Most people infected with RSV can be cared for at home. Your doctor can advise you on proper care and determine whether hospitalization is needed.
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