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Health Facts About Respiratory Syncytial Virus


There are a lot of viruses out there, including many you probably have never heard of. One of those might be Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV, which is actually the most common cause of pneumonia in infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It may go unnoticed because it mimics mild cold symptoms in most cases. Other times, it can become something a lot more serious in kids – as well as older adults, adds the source. Here are 12 things to know about RSV…

1. Defining RSV

This virus causes infections of the lungs and the respiratory tract, notes the Mayo Clinic, and it’s so common that most children will have experienced it by 2-years of age. Adults can also get it, although it will likely be passed off as a mild cold.

Generally, the virus doesn’t cause any serious symptoms, but it can get out of control in other cases, which is of particular concern for parents of young children. It’s also highly contagious. Let’s look closer at some of the related symptoms…

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