Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Dr. Jonathan Burnett: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
(KUTV) It's officially flu season and that means babies are at higher risk now of catching RSV.
Dr. Jonathan Burnett from Intermountain Healthcare joined us in studio to talk about what RSV is and how it differs from the normal cold.
QUESTION: WHAT IS RSV?
- Virus that most of the time causes minor cold-like symptoms
- It's also most-common cause of bronchitis & pneumonia in kids less than 1 year of age
- 75 - 125k hospitalized each year due to RSV infection.
QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RSV?
- Similar to a cold
- Most babies with RSV do not need to be hospitalized
QUESTION: WHO IS AT RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS?
- Kids under 2 with heart or lung disease
- Kids with weakened immune systems
QUESTION: HOW IS RSV SPREAD?
- When infected person coughs or sneezes into the air
- Contact with snot or spit from infected person
- Ex: kissing the face of a child with RSV
QUESTION: HOW CAN PARENTS PREVENT RSV?
- Make sure everybody washes hands before touching baby
- Keep baby away from people with cold, fever or runny nose
- Try to avoid crowded places like malls if you can
- Keep baby away from tobacco, b/c it increases risk of complications from viral respiratory infections.
- Disinfect common surface areas
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