RSV cases on the rise in Central Florida

- Orlando mother Leslie Alley says her 14-month-old daughter Mia was just released from Nemours hospital after being diagnosed with RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

“They came in and then they later informed me that she had the RSV on top of a common cold strain on top of it together,” said Alley via skype.

It started as nasal congestion and then moved into her lungs causing wheezing and trouble breathing.

“She was struggling really hard to work for her breathing,” Alley said.

The tell-tale symptoms of RSV in children under two according to doctors.

“Because the baby’s airways are shaped in such a manner, are smaller, they’re going to be at more risk of complications and difficulty breathing because the airways get narrow and inflamed,” said Dr. Timothy Hendrix with Centra Care.

Hendrix says they’ve seen an increase in bronchiolitis which is commonly caused by RSV.

“It’s on the slow steady increase and this time of year it’s cold and flu season so these respiratory viruses that cause bronchiolitis are out there,” said Hendrix.

Hendrix say the virus can spread quickly in schools and daycares and typically lasts one to two weeks and usually goes away on its own, but it’s important for parents to monitor it closely to make sure it’s not getting worse.

“They can get a bacterial infection and get pneumonia on top of that and may need antibiotics to treat the infection because that is one complication of RSV,” said Hendrix.

There is a specific test doctors can perform to  test for RSV  so parents can differentiate between RSV versus the common cold.

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