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A respiratory bug affecting children is spiking in Florida emergency rooms

from Tampa Bay Times

Local emergency rooms are filling up this time of year, thanks to the flu. Now another culprit is on the rise, causing wheezing, sneezing and possibly more serious symptoms. The respiratory syncytial virus leads to infection in the lungs and respiratory tract, and is common this time of year. While it causes only cold-like symptoms in adults and children older than 5, premature infants and babies with chronic lung, heart or autoimmune issues can become severely ill from it. Doctors refer to the virus as RSV, and Florida is experiencing a rise in cases. more


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