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Community Advocacy Organization

RSV is a Growing Problem for Hospitals to Deal with

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

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A respiratory illness known by the initials RSV is causing pediatric hospital beds to fill up here in mid-Michigan and across the nation.

Officials are urging people to help prevent RSV and influenza infections in children.

Nearly 90% of Intensive Care Unit beds in pediatric hospitals are said to be full.

Hospitals are also reporting large surges in young patients visiting their emergency rooms.

Folks with mild cold-like symptoms are asked to just stay at home if symptoms get worse.

Medical officials say Urgent Care clinics or a primary care physician’s office are usually the most appropriate setting to seek care. Emergency Room visits should be reserved for those with moderate to severe symptoms, including shortness of breath.

Metro-Detroit health officials say a 6-year-old Macomb County boy died Wednesday from RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). Reportedly, there has been a surge of infections lately among Michigan children that have pediatric hospitals across the state at or near capacity.

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