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‘Highly contagious’ virus hits children this winter

A cold-related illness is wreaking havoc on children this winter. Experts have sounded the alarm and urged the population to be extremely vigilant.

As winter approaches, vigilance must be redoubled because, according to several experts, a cold-related illness is ravaging children. It is the respiratory syncytial virus, a lung infection that primarily affects babies and children under the age of two.

While it usually only causes mild cold symptoms, in some cases it can be fatal and lead to pneumonia, bronchiolitis and asthma. “RSV is one of the leading causes of pediatric hospitalizations, and the virus kills more than 100,000 children each year worldwide”said Professor François Balloux, director of the Institute of Genetics at London’s Global University, whose remarks were reported by The Sun.

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“It’s a much bigger threat than Covid”

“It’s a much bigger threat to young children than Covid or seasonal flu”, he warned, adding that the virus was highly contagious. Already in the UK, the number of positive tests has increased by 9.2% in the past week. A worrying observation which prompted the health authorities to issue several recommendations to avoid a possible spread. They advised, among other things, to stay away from young children in case they feel unwell, to use a tissue to contain coughs and sneezes and to wash hands regularly.

Specifically, the symptoms of this disease resemble a cold. Those who get it may often sneeze, have a runny or stuffy nose, cough and have a high temperature. They may also breathe faster or harder, become irritable or have trouble eating.

It is therefore important to be aware of the slightest change and to consult your doctor in case of doubt. Currently, no vaccine exists to deal with it, but research would be moving in the right direction, according to the latest revealed elements.

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