Be On The Lookout For Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Symptoms
Oregon is experiencing increasing RSV infections across the state.
RSV is a common virus that causes cold-like symptoms. RSV can cause severe illness for some infants, young children, and older adults. Those at greatest risk include:
- Premature infants
- Infants, especially those 6 months and younger
- Children younger than 2 years old with chronic lung disease or congenital (present from birth) heart disease
- Children with weakened immune systems
- Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
With flu and COVID-19 cases also expected to rise this winter, we encourage everyone to take steps to prevent and reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, including RSV.
If parents or families have questions about their child’s care, they should call their health care provider (or 211 if they need help finding one). To learn more about RSV in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority blog.
RSV in Infants and Young Children Fact Sheet from the CDC