Respiratory Syncytial Virus


Brief History

Respiratory syncytial virus was discovered in 1956 and has since been recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood illness.
  • Infectious and spread by direct contact or when coughing or sneezing.
  • Transmitted by humans
  • Caused by a pathogen
  • No specific treatment for RSV
  • Affects the lungs and respiratory areas

Symptoms and Signs

  • Runny nose
  • decrease in appetite
  • Wheezing
  • irritability
  • breathing difficulties


Washing of hands and wiping hard surfaces can help control infection and spread of RSV. If you, or your child, have cold-like symptoms, do not interact with others. Avoid contact with any child who has been diagnosed without properly disinfecting beforehand.