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Unformatted text preview: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
A CHILDHOOD MALADY History RSV ,which stands for
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a severe disease that can lead to a lower respiratory system in infants. This virus can lead to extreme complications of the bronchioles in children under 2. It's name is derived from its characteristics called syncytium. RSV is also called Bronchiolitis. Causes/ Prevention RSV is caused by a group of viruses found throughout the world. This virus is a disease that occurs during winter or early spring. This disease spreads through close contact with an infected person. To reduce the risk of acquiring it, you are advised to stay at least 6 ft away from infected children. Frequent hand washing, especially after sneezing or coughing Children under 18 months should stay out of crowd ness. Symptoms RSV attacks the lower respiratory system in infants and
the upper respiratory system in adults. When it has gone to a severe stage the results is death, mostly in infants. Others - fever - sore throat - wheezing - rapid breathing - shortness of breath - cyanosis (bluish tinge of the skin) Treatment Medical professionals encourage a lot of fluids. Antibiotics are useless, so the body makes its
own antibodies to fight the infection. Other home care treatment for infants Cool mist humidifier to alleviate congestion Give acetaminophen for fever, such as Tylenol etc... Keep children away from crowded environment Life cycle/other RSV infection runs from 7-14 days. Some symptoms make take longer to go away. Having had the infection does not guaranteed permanent immunity from it again. The top Picture is of a Bronchiolitis cell. Bottom picture is of an RSV virus cell. The End ...
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- Fall '06