Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
- It is a respiratory (lung) infection that is caused by a virus.
- It is NOT a common cold.
- Infants under 6 months are most likely to have problems
Signs and Symptoms
- Runny nose
- Spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing or by direct contact with articles used by the infected person.
- Over time the virus will go away.
- The goal is to relieve the symptoms while the infection is present and treat any complications should they arise.
- Possible complications include ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia, or in severe cases, respiratory failure
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and do not share food, drink or eating utensils with others. (teach your children this)
- It is important to wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, wiping a nose, eating or before preparing food.