More kids have pneumonia caused by virus RSV

The National Children Hospital in Hanoi said that lately, more neonates have pneumonia due to virus RSV.

More kids have pneumonia caused by virus RSV

Each day, the hospital carries out tests on 80 - 120 and 30 – 40 percent of those who are infected with the virus. The virus is a cause of lower respiratory tract disease in neonates and in infants younger than 6 months.
Deputy head of the Neonate Intensive Care unit Dr. Trinh Thi Thu Ha said that of 200 inpatients, 60 have pneumonia because of virus RSV.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most frequent cause of lower respiratory tract infection in infants and children and the second most common viral cause of pneumonia in adults. In tropical climates infection is most common during the rainy season
Medical workers warned pneumonia caused by virus RSV has similar symptoms with normal cold including running nose, cough, slight fever, vomiting and poor appetite. Infants with serious condition may experience breathing problems, or even worse, they turns blue or stops breathing for longer stretches of time. Infants can recover after one or two week treatment.
RSV can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can get infected if you get droplets from the cough or sneeze in your eyes, nose, or mouth, or if you touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands.

Additionally, it can spread through direct contact with the virus, like kissing the face of a child with RSV.
Parents are encouraged to take their kids with above-mentioned symptoms to nearby infirmaries for timely treatment.

By Q. LAP - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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