CDC Warns of Rise in RSV Cases Among Young Children, Infants
By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are seeing a spike in severe cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among young children in Florida and Georgia, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent an advisory to doctors, noting that regional increases usually predict the beginning of RSV season, "with increased RSV activity spreading north and west over the following 23 months."
RSV infections can be quite serious in young children, leading to as many as 300 deaths in those under 5 each year, according to the CDC. About 2 million doctor visits and 80,000 hospitalizations are also attributed to RSV in young kids.