Norton Healthcare Records Surge in RSV Cases Among Children
Louisville-based Norton Healthcare has reported a significant rise in the number of positive cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children. Last week alone, Norton recorded over 450 positive cases of RSV, with 28 children currently receiving treatment at Norton Children’s Hospital.
RSV cases began to increase in late August or early September, but there has been a substantial spike in cases this month. RSV is a viral illness that primarily affects children, with symptoms ranging from a cough, sore throat, or runny nose to more severe issues like difficulty breathing. In severe cases, children may experience grunting or nasal flaring as they struggle to breathe properly.
To combat this surge in cases and protect children, Norton Healthcare is urging parents to promptly contact their pediatricians if they have any concerns about their child’s health. They emphasize that it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to their little ones.
In a positive development, the FDA has recently approved a new vaccine called Beyfortis that can shield children under two years old from RSV. However, the availability of this vaccine is currently limited. Norton Healthcare encourages parents who are unable to get their children vaccinated to ensure that those around them consistently practice good hygiene by washing their hands regularly and staying away if they are feeling unwell.
Furthermore, it is vital to keep at-risk children away from older children and adults who may unknowingly carry the virus. This preventive measure can significantly reduce the chances of vulnerable children contracting RSV.
With the increasing prevalence of RSV, parents must stay informed about the symptoms and take necessary precautions to protect their children. Norton Healthcare remains committed to providing exceptional care and guidance during these challenging times.
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