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may older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: Older children and adults do catch RSV infection but do not develop same clinical manifestations frequently seen in infants, e.g., shortness of breath or wheezing. However, RSV infection does exacerbate asthma in individuals who have had recurrent wheezing episodes.
Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: In older children and adults, RSV tends to be a more mild infection than in infants.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA

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