BUFFALO, N.Y. — Oishei Children's Hospital says it's had a high volume of RSV cases in infants and young children recently.
RSV is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common, contagious virus that infects a child's respiratory tract.
For most children, the virus causes nothing more than a cold. But for a small percentage of children, RSV can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis.
According to the CDC, symptoms of RSV include:
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
If your child has any of these symptoms, you should contact your pediatrician, or in severe cases, go to the emergency room.
To prevent the spread of RSV, keep children away from sick people, wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching children's faces with unwashed hands and avoid kissing babies when you're sick.