Local hospitals weigh in on current conditions of RSV

Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 6:22 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Over the past few weeks, the CDC has recorded an increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection hospitalization cases around the country.

Locally, hospital systems said they’d noticed an increase in patients coming in with RSV, especially in children. OSF Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Keith Hanson said around two-thirds of the children admitted into the hospital had the virus.

RSV mimics flu symptoms but could worsen to serve illness like bronchiolitis and pneumonia, resulting in a need for a ventilator. OSF and UnityPoint said it was important to keep RSV on your radar. Making sure that sick kids stay home, but there was not cause for alarm.

“It is concerning, but on the other hand, it is something that happens every year. We do know how to treat it and how to deal with it and what to expect,” Dr. Hanson said.

“It’s not uncommon, but of course incidents have gone up and our awareness,” UnityPoint Pulmonologist Dr. Ravi Kashyap said.

While fatalities for the virus are not high, for infants, especially those with preexisting conditions, symptoms could be problematic.

Best practices to reduce the spread are wearing your mask, washing your hands and staying home when you’re sick.