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Local health officials seeing cases of RSV in children

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) –  Local health experts say they are seeing some cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus in children, also known as RSV.

Doctors at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s say RSV is one of the most common viruses among children.

Symptoms of the RSV infection can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing

Medical experts say nearly half of all people will become infected with the virus sometime during childhood.

They say the virus can be particularly severe for premature babies or babies with health concerns.

And there are warning signs for parents.

“If it is a premature baby, the child will not eat well, you know, the child will behave sick. They might have vomiting, they might, you know, be sleeping a lot,” says Dr. Ashlesha Kaushik, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist.

While there is no vaccine available for RSV, there are some things you can do.

Medical experts say you need to make sure your child is washing their hands, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve instead of their hands.

Ashly Richardson

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