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How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 21 years experience
Contact or inhaling: Rsv spreads when you come in contact with virus laden secretions from an infected person. This can happen either by inhaling the droplets coughed or sneezed out by infected person or by coming in contact with surfaces where these secretions may have settled. Frequent handwashing, wiping of surfaces, avoiding sharing of objects & close contact with infected persons are best preventive strategies.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Coughing: In an infant the first signs is nasal congestion. Next there will be coughing and wheezing. The infant may have difficulty sleeping and nursing due to the congestion and cough. Fever is sometimes present. In severe cases there is rapid, labored breathing. An older child will have symptoms of a cold along with a bad cough and wheezing.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nasal mucous: Nasal mucous can be submitted to the lab for identification of the RSV antigen (protein) through immunoflorescent or enzyme immunoassay. These are available in kit form to hospitals & some offices.The test is seldom preformed unless the patient is hospitalized.The test itself does not predict the severity of illness but knowing test results simplifies supportive care as RSV is somewhat predictabl.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the general length of infection from respiratory syncytial virus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A week or more: Symptoms of RSV vary with the kid with age, state of health & immunity. Most will actively shed virus for 3-8 days and the sickest from 4-6 wks. The few hospitalized infants seldom stay more than 5 days.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes, but...: Immune response (immunity) after RSV infection is short lived, therefore, reinfection with RSV throughout life is common.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Supportive: Supportive care means close monitoring of the infant for any signs of breathing problems or shortness of breath (rapid breathing more than 60 times a minute, labored breathing etc.). The doctor may decide to hospitalize the infant and administer oxygen. Other treatments may include nasal suction and nebulized albuterol. Inhaled steroids and antibiotics are not effective.

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