3 July 2021 02:46 GMT
Respiratory syncytial virus is a highly contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract and is the most common cause of pneumonia and bronchitis in children under one year of age in North American country.
In the United States, especially in the south of the country, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has begun to spread as restrictions imposed by the epidemic are relaxed and citizens take less precautionary measures. Health officials warned that they were registering Unusually high number of cases Of this viral disease, which is most common in autumn and winter, Reports The Wall Street Journal.
“The things we were doing to protect ourselves from COVID-19 were also the best way to prevent getting the flu and RSV,” said Suli Ullova, a pediatric infectious disease specialist. “Because everything is relaxed, we’ll see A spike in some of these common infections We usually look out for an epidemic, ”he said.
How is it spread and what are the symptoms?
RSV is an easily transmitted virus that infects the respiratory tract. According to doctors, it is very common and almost all children experience it by the age of two. Adults can also get the disease and spread it Drops from cough and sneeze And surfaces, and they may be affected again.
People infected with the virus usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days of being infected Runny nose, loss of appetite, cough, sneezing, fever and shortness of breath, According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In children, symptoms include irritability, decreased function and breathing difficulties.
In most cases, infection Equals a cold Y Victims will recover within a week or two, but this can cause serious illness for some children, infants and the elderly, especially those with pre-existing health problems.
Also, RSV is the most common cause Pneumonia and bronchitis In children Within a year in a North American country.