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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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by Rosenblum L

(RSV)

 

Definition

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of many types of infections of the respiratory system. The term respiratory system refers to the lungs and breathing passages. These infections include:
These infections are common. They are usually most severe in infants, young children, and older people. However, these infections can happen at any age. In severe cases, RSV infections can cause death.
Respiratory System Anatomy of an Infant
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RESOURCES

American Lung Association
http://www.lung.org

Nemours KidsHealth
http://www.kidshealth.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Sick Kids
http://www.sickkids.ca

 

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