“With this increased activity, the CDC encourages a wider range of RSV testing among patients with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19,” the CDC said in the alert.
“RSV can be linked to serious diseases in young children and the elderly. This health advice also serves as a reminder to healthcare professionals. child care provider and long-term care facility staff to avoid reporting them to work while seriously ill – even though they tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.”
RSV is spread, like many other respiratory diseases, through tiny droplets and on contaminated surfaces.
“RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under one year of age in the United States. Infants, young children, and older adults with chronic illnesses are at risk of serious illnesses from RSV infection,” the CDC said.
“Each year in the United States, RSV leads to an average of about 58,000 hospitalizations, with 100-500 deaths in children under 5 and 177,000 hospitalizations. 14,000 deaths among adults aged 65 and over.”
RSV is one of the most common autumn and winter viruses. But the incidence has declined during the pandemic.
“however Since the end of March, the CDC has observed an increase in RSV detections reported to the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS), a nationwide passive laboratory surveillance network,” the CDC said.
It has been found spreading in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina. South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“As RSV flow decreases during the winter 2020-2021, older infants and toddlers may be at greater risk of severe RSV-related illnesses as they are unlikely to get RSV levels. normally during the past 15 months,” the NCPO said.
There is no specific treatment for the virus.