Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-11 12:18:45 –
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health recommendation on Thursday warning doctors and other health care providers about the increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) throughout the South.
by CDC, RSV spreads primarily through respiratory droplets when coughing or sneezing in direct contact with a contaminated surface.
It can cause bronchiolitis and pneumonia, especially in children under the age of one.
The CDC added that older people with chronic medical conditions are also at risk.
“With this increase in activity, the CDC encourages a broader test of RSV among patients with acute respiratory illness who are negative for the COVID-19-causing virus SARS-CoV-2.” The CDC wrote in the recommendation. “RSV may be associated with serious illness in infants and the elderly. This health recommendation is given to healthcare professionals, care providers, and caregiver staff, even in the case of acute illness, at work. It also serves as a reminder to avoid reporting to. SARS-CoV-2 test negative. “
RSV infections occur primarily during the cold and flu seasons in the fall and winter, but in March the CDC reported an increase in RSV by the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System, a national laboratory-based surveillance network. I did.
According to the CDC, 100-500 children under the age of 5 and 14,000 adults over the age of 65 die from the virus each year.
Authorities recommended that clinicians test patients who show signs of acute respiratory illness that are negative for the coronavirus test.