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Babies hospitalized in NC after highly contagious virus spreads early in season

Babies hospitalized in NC after highly contagious virus spreads early in season CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. &#821 1; Like most parents,…

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1; Like most parents, Abigail Hoyle takes precautions to keep her 9-month-old son healthy.

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She knows about respiratory syncytial virus, RSV, a highly contagious respiratory virus that infects the lungs og kan føre til alvorlige helseproblemer for babyer under 1 år gammel.

What she did not know until WSOC-TV told here is that doctors at the Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina are already seeing babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit with RSV and lack of oxygen.

Doctors at the Catawba Valley Medical Center said that they typically do not see patients with the virus until after Thanksgiving.

“Makes me feel nervous about going out,” said Hoyle.

Neonatologist Dr. Samuel Wellman said that RSV cases this early means the season is starting earlier or will be worse than usual.

“It has a very high infection rate,” said Wellman.

People of school age up to adults who have RSV Sannsynligvis vet aldri det, og har tendens til bare å ha kolde symptomer.

“Even a cold could be RSV and you may not know it. So you can not take any chances with his health because something we might get over in a week, he could be hospitalized for, “said Hoyle.

RSV is very common. In fact, the CDC said almost all children will have Had the virus at their second birthday, but there is no vaccine or treatment for it.

“What the parents need to know is if their baby has cold symptoms, they probably do not have to go to the pediatrician. If their baby starts having very rapid breathing or having a retreat, having a hard time, sucking in when they breathe or having trouble feeding because of breathing, they need to see a pediatrician, “said Wellman.

Hoyle said she

“Probably just keep him inside and away from public sooner, which is hard because of the holiday season coming up and going to visit family.”

Doctors said there is a possible silver lining. The earlier the season for RSV starts, the earlier it tends to end, which is usually around March or April.

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