CDC warns of respiratory virus that could affect children and elderly

MISSISSIPPI — RSV, a virus that hits children hard, is on the rise in the southern states in a spring surge.

The CDC has warned about it.

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In the past, there have been almost 200,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths from the virus annually.

FOX13 spoke to Dr. Mary Williams, a Family Nurse Practitioner, about the virus.

Williams told us that the virus can be especially troublesome for young children.

“Well, the children because of their not mature immune system it can be harder for the children because it is a respiratory virus snd can cause symptoms like pneumonia and other things. It is hard on children, " Williams said.

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Williams said the reason RSV is spreading because we have gone from wearing the mask for some time now.

“For several reasons but mainly we are going without the mask and the world is opening back up so we are losing protection,” Williams said. “We are picking up things like RSV and the common cold because we are getting back to our normal selves.”

So what can you do to protect yourself and your children from the virus? It’s simple.

“Wash our hands, wear a mask and clean on a surface because it can live on surfaces and cover up when you sneeze or cough,” Williams said.

It’s not just young children that RSV can cause problems with but in the elderly as well.

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