Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection RSV

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection RSV

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)

This disease can spread through droplets from the nose and throat of infected people when coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread through any liquids coming out from the body that have dried up on sheets and blankets and similar items. RSV can stay behind on hard surfaces for a few hours and on skin for less amount of time.

This disease is most likely to affect infants and young children that can cause a serious illness.It also affects elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

Treatments:-"Ribavirin" is a strong medication used to treat RSV infection if initiated during the first few signs of the symptoms.-Most RSV infections clear up on their own.-Treatment of mild symptoms are necessary for most people.-Some antibiotics are not very helpful treatments for an illness such as RSV infections.-Although for other patients, antibiotics are helpful in treating bacterial infections that are complicating the RSV infection in the patient's body.

Respiratory Syncytical Virus is an illness that casues an infection of the lungs and breathing passages. This illness is one of the main casuse of respiratory illnesses in young children.

Symptoms:-Resemble a common cold, corresponding with a stuffy or runny nose, mild headache,sore throat, fever, cough and a sense of being sick. -A mild or unnoticeable illness may occur-Some infections can result in pneumonia especially in young children, old people or those with weak immune systems.-Some symptoms may continue for a couple of days or weeks.

Preventing the Spread of RSV-Antibodies are available to prevent RSV infection-The antibodies are given once a month during RSV seaon and is recommended to high-risk children.-When RSV infection is recognized in hospitals or nursing homes, patients are taken to their own room, and are bathed by health care workers.-This has shown to limit the spread of the virus.-Like any other respiratory illness, all people are recommended to cover their face when coughing or sneezing.

Sources:http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/rsv.htmlhttp://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/respiratory_syncytial_virus/fact_sheet.htm

-This disease is diagnosed by appearance of typical symptoms. -Laboratory tests are modified to cases with a more severe illness involved.

RSV is more common during colder seasons such as Winter and Fall.


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