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RSV cases increasing, can be serious in infants, young children, and elderly

Washington state is seeing an increase in cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes cold and COVID-like symptoms, including runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and fever. Most people recover from RSV in a week or two. However, it may cause serious symptoms in infants, young children, and older adults.

If you or your family have symptoms that include trouble breathing or dehydration, call your doctor or pediatrician or go to a hospital for care. Please avoid a trip to the emergency department unless you have serious symptoms.

RSV can be spread through airborne droplets or from touching surfaces with the virus on them. To prevent spreading RSV, regularly cover your coughs and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you believe you have RSV or cold-like symptoms, you should stay at home and avoid close contact with others. If you need to leave home while sick, please consider wearing a mask to prevent spreading RSV or other viruses to others.

For more information about preventing the spread of flu, visit knockoutflu.org. You may also visit our Health & Community Services Communicable Disease website for more information on vaccination, testing, and symptoms.

Last modified onThursday, 24 November 2022 06:11