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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

CDC: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV):
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.
Avoid close contact with sick people. Wash your hands often. Cover your coughs & sneezes. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Stay home when you're sick.