FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – If you've noticed more people with cold, health officials warn that it may be more serious.
Physicians, both with the Lutheran healthcare network and Parkview Health, joined Allen County Health Department to alert the RSV – a respiratory syncytial virus. Symptoms are like the common cold, but RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis. RSV is highly contagious, can live for several days on hard surfaces and spreads when the infected person coughs or sneezes.
To combat spreading, often wash your hands and hard surfaces, including counters, carts and toys. Highly contagious respiratory virus is common at this time of year in children and adults and usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. RSV is also the most common cause of bronchiolitis or inflammation of the small airways in the lungs, which can often become more serious, especially for children under 2 years of age.
р. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner, joined an information event yesterday by Dr. Stephanie Paulson and Dr. Tony Giaconta
. of the common signs and symptoms of RSV infection, including excessive mucus, coughing, sneezing and fever. He stressed that because it is a virus, antibiotics or medications such as albuterol ̵
For more information on RSV from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit https:. //www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html