Sharp Rise in RSV Infections in S. Korea

Write : 2016-10-26 19:02:57 Update : 2016-10-26 19:43:22

Sharp Rise in RSV Infections in S. Korea

South Korea is seeing a sharp rise in the number of patients infected with respiratory syncytial virus(RSV).
 
RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages.

The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that 113 cases of RSV were reported between October second and eighth, up 41 from the previous week.

The figure represents a six-fold increase from the same period last year.

RSV infections are common from autumn to early spring, with infants and children most vulnerable to the virus. 

Signs and symptoms of RSV infection appear about four to five days after exposure to the virus. RSV usually causes mild cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and wheezing.

The health authorities advised people to practice common-sense precautions by washing hands frequently and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

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