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What Is RSV? Bloomington Pediatrician Explains Why It's So Dangerous

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Bloomington General Pediatrician Dr. Jeremy Mescher says RSV is a seasonal virus. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

Some doctors are noticing a sharp rise in Respiration Syncytial Virus infections.

RSV causes moderate cold symptoms such as nasal congestion and low grade fevers. But in premature babies, the virus sometimes causes bronchiolitis, an inflammation in the lungs. 

Bloomington General Pediatrician Dr. Jeremy Mescher says RSV is a seasonal virus.

“The best way to prevent the illness is by if you’re feeling ill, try and stay away from the hospital, try and stay away from a particularly vulnerable population,” Mescher says.

Mescher says the best preventative measure is to wash your hands.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital has imposed visiting restrictions in Women and Children Services in response to the uptick of RSV diagnoses.

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