Researcher: Respiratory Virus Circulates Largely in Our Area

A respiratory virus that usually affects young children has found to be circulating largely in adults in our area, and Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation researchers are publishing studies so vaccine development is considered.

Marshfield Research Epidemiologist Maria Sundaram said RSV, also known as Respiratory Syncytial Virus, can affect adults especially with other chronic diseases like diabetes and kidney failure.

She said in her study, RSV showed as the third most common virus circulating in our area.

The first was Influenza virus and the second was Rhinovirus.

"Recently we thought this is a virus that mostly affects young children or mostly affects people who are already sick," Sundaram said. "But now we know it's a pretty big cause of respiratory illness in our community at large."

She said RSV symptoms include fever, sore throat and wheezing, which is a lot like the common cold. However, she said RSV is much more dangerous.

Sundaram said the only way you can know if you have RSV is if you go in to a doctor and get checked.

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