Understanding How RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Affects Children

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Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is one of the most common causes of seasonal illness in children, and this year it has come on strong.

“We usually see RSV cases peak between February and March, but this year it’s come early,” said Christopher Wilhelm, MD, a pediatrician at MU Health Care who practices at Battle Avenue Medical Building. “The main spread is in daycares and at school.”

Wilhelm also said MU Health Care doctors are seeing more cases than they would expect during a normal seasonal surge.

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