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Healthier Me: RSV Infections

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In Wednesday's Healthier Me, it may be a good idea to be an over-protective parent right now.

Doctors at Sanford Health in Fargo are seeing a lot of infants with RSV. The respiratory virus can be deadly, in fact several hundred children die across the country every year.

Half of the children at Sanford Children's hospital have RSV.

Doctors say there is an RSV season and we're in the middle of it. 

RSV starts with a runny nose and cough, but over the next few days the symptoms intensify and children have a very difficult time breathing.  

Adults can also get the respiratory virus, but rarely have complications with it. However, they can spread it to children, so it's a good idea to keep people with colds and coughs away from infants right now.  

Doctors say kids under the age of one are hardest hit by the infection, which can be deadly. It is hardest on infants, because they need to breath through their nose.

Sanford Health Pediatrician, Dr. Scott Stephens says "It's important for parents to know the symptoms and take colds in their infants very seriously right now." He says there is a rapid test than can be done in the clinic. Doctors can find out within 30 minutes if a child has RSV.

There is no vaccine for RSV, but prevention may be as easy as good hand-washing and keeping your children away from others who are sick. 


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