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CDC Issues an Increase in RSV Health Advisory in the South

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday provided health advice to doctors and caregivers on increasing the activity of RSV in the southern region of the United States.

Healthcare advice was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to notification of the increase in inter-seasonal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity over regions of South America.

Although RSV infections occur mostly in autumn and winter during the cold and influenza periods, the CDC’s RSV detections, a countrywide laboratory monitoring network, have increased since March in the national respiratory and enteric virus monitoring system.

“Because of the increasing activity, CDC advises a wider range of RSV tests in patients with acute respiratory disease who test negatively for COVID-2 SARS,” the Agency noted in its advertisement.

“It also reminds health professionals, child care providers, and long-term care workers not to report on a job while being seriously diseased – even if SARS-CoV-2 is negative.”

The CDC has noticeably increased the detection rates for antigen and PCR across the south, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louise, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The drop in RSV activity, perhaps is because of actions to assist prevent COVID-19 dissemination, was seen in April 2020.

“We cannot predict the probable expansion, peak or duration of activity with any precision, as this high inter-seasonal activity is a divergence from the normal RSV circulating patterns at this time,” the CDC noted.

RSV among U.S. infants under the age of one year is the most prevalent cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia, the CDC says.

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