It is, in the words of UT Southwestern’s Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, “probably the most important respiratory virus that most people have never heard of.”
And as KERA reports, healthcare officials here are monitoring the spread of the respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The professor of pediatrics and microbiology notes that nearly 95 percent of children are infected with RSV by the time they turn two. It can cause a lower respiratory tract infection and is “the most common cause of hospitalization in children nationwide,” Kahn told the radio station.
Head here to learn more about the strikingly common, yet still unknown, respiratory virus.