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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms. It is spread through coughing and sneezing and touching contaminated surfaces. Most children get RSV by the time they are two years old. In most cases, RSV is mild and children recover. Antibiotics are not used to treat RSV because it is a virus, not a bacteria.

However, in children with compromised immune systems, adults 65 years or older, and premature babies, RSV can cause severe lung infections, including pneumonia. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, general aching, tiredness, and a loss of appetite.


Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Fax: 801-538-9913
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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