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What exactly is rsv? Is it fatal? What are its causes?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure. Rarely fatal.

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure. Rarely fatal.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure.

In brief: Paramyxovirus

This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation.
It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure.
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