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Peak Season for RSV Virus

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Dr. Bruce Smith says early detection is the key to preventing infants from contracting RSV Dr. Bruce Smith says early detection is the key to preventing infants from contracting RSV
RSV affects nearly 100 percent of children by age two. RSV affects nearly 100 percent of children by age two.
Symptoms include heavy coughing, weeziness and shortness of breath Symptoms include heavy coughing, weeziness and shortness of breath
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's peak season in Georgia for a respiratory virus that affects infants, and pediatricians say parents need to know that their infants sniffles could be more than a cold. Respiratory Syncytial Virus also known as RSV is an easily spread illness that affects nearly 100 percent of children by the age of two.

 Symptoms include heavy coughing, weeziness and shortness of breath that could require hospitalization. Pediatricians say early detection is the key to prevention.

"The good news is that we have a test for that so if a child has got a really nasty cough and especially if they are small we can do a test in the pediatrics office in the area that'll tell you whether it's the RSV virus or not within just 15 minutes," said Pediatrician Dr. Bruce Smith.

Contracting the illness could last up to two weeks. The season for RSV starts in October and ends in March.

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