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What is respiratory syncytial virus?

What is respiratory syncytial virus?

RSV: Rsv is a virus that can infect a person's lungs. Most people have been exposed and infected by age 2. You can be infected more than once. Recovery takes a week or two. Rsv can rarely lead to severe illness requiring hospitalization, especially in infants. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

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. ...Read more

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Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Improves over time: The rs virus is crafty, attaching to superficial cells in the respiratory tract like a wart on your skin. Since it avoids the blood (like a flu) it doesn't trigger a full response of your immune system. Over multiple infections your body develops greated response and the infection tends to penetrate less deeply into the lungs until it is limited to your nose. Its likely you have a little every yr. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Multiple: Rsv has many symptoms and they can vary by age. It is most dangerous for infants, especially less than 6 months of age. Typically there is cough, nasal congestion, wheezing and coarse breath sounds, and fever. For an older child or adult, the symptoms generally mimic that of the common cold. In either case, time and supportive care are the best treatments. ...Read more

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Hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (rsv), what will they do?

Hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (rsv), what will they do?

Supportive care: 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 require oxygen and IV fluids for a while along with pulmonary therapy (suction, chest physiotherapy and sometimes nebulized mist ) but seldom stay more than 5 days. ...Read more

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What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

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. ...Read more

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Can children immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more

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Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Yes, human to human: Parvovirus b19 is a causative organism of fifth disease in children. The same virus also affects pregnant women resulting in fetal hydrops, intrauterine growth retardation, and death. ...Read more

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Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

Are upper respiratory infections contagious to elders?

The term "upper....: ...Respiratory infection" is the medical name for the common cold. Can elders catch colds? Yes. ...Read more

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What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

Just that: These are different viruses which are all capable of producing human infection. These have in common the capacity to produce gastroenteritis and can be spread rapidly from person to person. ...Read more

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Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Can the epstein barr virus affect the respiratory?

Can the epstein barr virus affect the respiratory?

Possibly.: It is possible for ebv infection to cause respiratory symptoms. In general, ebv infections are either asymptomatic or are associated with a mononucleosis like syndrome of tiredness / fatigue. In some patients (especially people whose immune systems aren't functioning optimally), ebv can cause pneumonia / pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs proper). This is not common but is possible. ...Read more

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Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Many are: In fact many are highly contagious. Please be extra precarious with hand hygiene around individuals that are suffering with diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus cause meningitis?

Can west nile virus cause meningitis?

Yes: Severe illness can include problems like encephalitis, meningitis or complete flaccid paralysis. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

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