It can start as a cold, but it is serious for children and the elderly.
(NEWS NOW) .- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, its abbreviation in English) They warn parents to beware of the virus, which can cause respiratory infections in the smallest.
Agency warns of Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV, for abbreviations in English) it can start like a cold,
But RSV can also be serious, especially for children and the elderly.
According to Fox News 46, RSV This is the most common cause of bronchiolitis. (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia (lung infection) in children under the age of 1 year in the United States.
It is also an important cause of respiratory disease in the elderly.
There is currently no vaccine for RSV, but there is a medicine that can help protect some children, called palivizumab.
According to the CDC, this Some symptoms of RSV are:
- Reduced appetite
- Phlegm in nose
- Wheeze (whistling, shrill during breathing)
The agency also gave Some tips to help prevent the spread of this virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and help small children do the same.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, including kissing and sharing cups or dishes with people who have symptoms similar to the common cold.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Cleans and disinfects surfaces or items that people often touch, such as toys and door handles.
- Stay home when you are sick. This will help protect others from infection.