Health experts say RSV numbers are up in Cass Co.

Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 6:14 PM CST
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You may want to get out your disinfectant wipes. Fargo Cass Public Health says numbers for RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, are up.

The CDC says over two million children under five-years-old are treated for RSV in the United States. They say almost all children have had the infection by their second birthday.

It affects the respiratory system of many infants, and if it's not treated, it can get much worse.

Some may need to be hospitalized if they're having trouble breathing or get dehydrated.

A Fargo Cass Public Health expert says they see more RSV in children and adults in the state and Cass County.

The expert says they normally see a spike in the virus during flu season. They say the increase could be because providers are doing more testing for respiratory type illnesses.

If you or someone you know is worried about getting the infection, watch out for a runny rose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing.

Right now, there's no specific treatment for RSV; researchers are still trying to figure out vaccines and antivirals.

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