Health Officials warn of virus that send infants to Intensive Care

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In a New York Post article today, Lia Eustachewich, reports on a very important issue. Federal health officials warned this week of a highly contagious cold-like virus that affects everyone, and leaves the elderly and young kids especially vulnerable — including a 14-month-old girl who landed in the intensive care.  New Orleans mom Mary Danna Daste and her husband, Kevin, rushed their daughter Vivian to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that RSV can cause severe infections like bronchitis — an inflammation of the small airways in the lung — and pneumonia in children under 1.

Symptoms of the virus include runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing.

Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday, according to the CDC.

Adults can contract the virus too. Most RSV infections go away on their own after a week or two.

The article states that doctors are warning to keep a close eye on infected children — and practice good hygiene, like washing your hands to avoid getting sick.

The report states that it’s one of the leading causes of death in babies.  If you notice the child is breathing really rapidly, more than 60 times a minute, you need to get them to a doctor immediately. Or, if you notice around their rib cage the muscles are contracting and you can see the ribs with each breath.