Warning issued to Irish parents after stark rise in RSV cases
RSV cases are rising in Ireland.
A warning has been issued to parents in Ireland following an increase in RSV cases.
Cases are typically high at this time of year, but hospitalisations are also rising which is a concern.
A source told The Irish Mirror;
"RSV activity, including RSV hospitalisations, are very high in Ireland.
"Cases increased further during week 45 2022 (week ending 13/11/2022). RSV hospitalisation rates are highest in the 0-4 year age group.”
The virus is common in the winter months, but doctors have noticed a spike in cases in recent weeks.
Most cases of RSV will be mild, but some children may acquire additional support.
Respiratory syncytial virus tends to cause mild cold-like symptoms.
It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis in infants. It can also cause pneumonia.
Symptoms to look out for include a fever, runny nose, sore throat, and a cough.
Children may also have croup, which is caused by inflammation of the upper airways.
Other symptoms include wheezing, lack of appetite, and ear infections.
A lower respiratory tract infection, like pneumonia or pneumonitis, may occur if it is the first time your child has contracted RSV.
Most children under the age of two will contract RSV especially because it is highly contagious.
According to the HPSC;
"RSV is highly contagious. The virus multiplies (grows) in the eyes, nose, and airway passages and usually spreads from one person to another by aerosol droplet spray when people with RSV cough, sneeze or spit.
"These droplets can land on the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and cause them to catch the RSV infection."
It can also survive on surfaces on objects, which is why practicing good hand hygiene is so important.
Cases usually peak in December and January.
Most children tend to recover within 8 to 15 days.