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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Microscopic scenes - 003<br /> Virology - Immunofluorescent technique<br /> Respiratory syncytial virus, indirect.<br /> 1977<br /> Dr. Craig Lyerla<br /> Box 2.5, 4214-77T<br /> Herpesviridae Infections; Herpes Simplex; DNA Virus Infections

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Healthy people usually experience mild, cold-like symptoms and recover in a week or two. But RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children younger than one year of age in the US. In addition, RSV is being recognized more often as a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults and is estimated to cause 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in adults 65 and older in the US every year.

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Resources

Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Older Adults: A Hidden Annual Epidemic (2016)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Older Adults: A Hidden Annual Epidemic (11/2/16 Archived Webinar Slides)
RSV: The Annual Epidemic You May Not Know About (But Should) (11/30/16)