respiratory syncytial virus


Definition of respiratory syncytial virus

: a paramyxovirus (species Human respiratory syncytial virus of the genus Pneumovirus) that is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (such as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants abbreviation RSV

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Recent Examples on the Web Synagis is a monthly injection given between November and April to infants at high risk for RSV or respiratory syncytial virus. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Hacienda HealthCare operated infant vaccine clinics without required license," 2 July 2019 As with a mild cold or flu, respiratory syncytial virus symptoms usually include a runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Is the Flu-Like Illness You Haven't Heard About," 3 Jan. 2019 Asthma treatment was also more likely to fail among children with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to the study. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Flu shots go a long way to keep kids with asthma out of the emergency room, study says," 4 June 2018 Last year, a few students showed up with flu but more had other viruses that cause similar symptoms, such as coronaviruses and respiratory syncytial virus or RSV. NBC News, "Sneeze machine study takes a deep dive into how flu spreads," 13 Feb. 2018 Lung infections in kids and elderly Many hospitals are also reporting an increase in patients with respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV. Soumya Karlamangla,, "Flu deaths reach a high, but outbreak shows signs of easing," 9 Feb. 2018 Long thought to be a threat mostly to infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is increasingly recognized for its impact on adults. Stacey Burling,, "The other virus that kills during flu season," 18 Oct. 2017 Lara distributed a handout that listed various ailments and their oil treatments: eucalyptus for bronchitis, lavender for third-degree burns, cypress for mononucleosis, rosemary for respiratory syncytial virus. Erin Blakemore, Longreads, "Multi-Level Marketing’s Feminine Mystique: A Reading List," 17 Oct. 2017 Also in the pipeline is a vaccine administered to mothers to protect their babies from RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, which causes 34 million infections and kills about 200,000 children under the age of 5 every year. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Booster shot: Gates Foundation gives Seattle global-health group $120 million for vaccine work," 6 Sep. 2017

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of respiratory syncytial virus

: a paramyxovirus (species Human respiratory syncytial virus of the genus Pneumovirus) that has three strains, forms syncytia in tissue culture, and is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants abbreviation RSV

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