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How to prevent the spread of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

9:49 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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Pediatricians here on the First Coast say they are seeing lots of cases of a contagious illness that causes cold-like symptoms but can be serious.

Respiratory syncytial virus can affect your lungs and breathing passages and it can be especially dangerous for infants and older adults.
It's spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Children often pass the virus to one another at their school or daycare center.
The tips for helping prevent RSV from spreading are pretty basic:

The Centers for Disease Control say to cover your  mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds,
-Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils.

-The CDC says most people have had an RSV infection by age 2, but you can get the disease more than once.

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