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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first vaccine that protects newborns from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus.
  • RSV is one of the most frequent causes of childhood illness.
  • It usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.
  • Premature infants, babies younger than 6 months old, people over age 65, and people who have a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, or congenital heart condition can get a more severe case of RSV.
  • A severe infection leads to pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
  • RSV spreads from person to person through-
    • The air by coughing and sneezing;
    • Direct contact, such as kissing the face of a child who has RSV;
    • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands;
    • People who have an RSV infection are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days. But sometimes infants and people with weakened immune systems can continue to spread the virus for as long as 4 weeks.
  • Symptoms: The symptoms of RSV infection usually start about 4 to 6 days after infection. They include-
    • Runny nose,
    • Decrease in appetite,
    • Cough,
    • Sneezing,
    • Fever,