Florida sees above average RSV cases


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The Florida Department of Health is monitoring an above-average number of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases in Florida communities. This common respiratory virus may cause more pediatric emergency department visits than in previous years.

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RSV is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract with symptoms similar to the common cold. Symptoms of a mild case can include nasal congestion or runny nose, dry cough, low-grade fever, sore throat, sneezing, and headache. In severe cases, RSV symptoms may include fever, cough, wheezing, rapid or difficult breathing, or bluish skin color.

Take these important steps to protect yourself and others from respiratory illnesses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  4. Stay home if you are sick and keep your children at home if they are sick.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

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Infants are most affected by respiratory syncytial virus. Symptoms of severe cases in infants are short, shallow, and fast breathing, with difficulty breathing, coughing, poor feeding, unusual tiredness, or irritability.

Most children and adults recover within one to two weeks, although some may experience frequent wheezing. Severe or life-threatening infections that require a hospital stay may occur in premature infants or in anyone with chronic heart or lung problems.

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