RSV virus causing spike in children's ER visits

5:33 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - The "under 15" age group has been hit hard by flu so far this season. The Influenza B strain is making a lot of people feel bad.

But there's another virus making the rounds that's causing a spike in emergency room visits among young children in our area: the respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV). In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms, but it can hit infants and babies particularly hard.

Both St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital are seeing high numbers of cases right now. Donna Eckardt, an emergency physician with Mercy Children's Hospital, joins Kay Quinn on First@4 via Google Plus to answer questions about the virus. (Note: The audio contains a high amount of static due to the connection with Google Plus.)


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