Kentucky hospital sees increase in pediatric RSV cases

Physicians at Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Children's Hospital treated 82 babies with respiratory syncytial virus, according to local Fox affiliate WDRB.

RSV usually causes mild cold-like symptoms but can be deadly for infants, often causing upper respiratory infections or bronchiolitis. The CDC estimates about 57,000 children are hospitalized every year due to RSV, according to WDRB.

"Any child 2 and under can develop complications from RSV," said April Mattingly, MD, a pediatrician with Norton Children's Medical Associates. "Babies can stop breathing altogether with RSV. So if you feel like your child has more than just a runny nose or a cough, you're worried about them breathing, you absolutely need to be seen by a doctor."

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