LI doctor warns in rise of RSV cases
A Long Island doctor is warning residents about the rise in RSV cases.
Dr. John Zaso tells News 12 that Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly known as RSV, can be particularly dangerous for children and infants.
"It's that kind of deep in the lung kind of condition – wheezing, cold symptoms, fever," he says.
According to the CDC, up to 80,000 kids under the age of 4 are hospitalized each year.
RSV is spread by droplets in the nose and throat of infected people. So, doctors recommend washing your hands frequently, disinfecting areas a lot of people touch and staying home if you're not feeling well.
The vaccine available to infants to prevent this virus has been in short supply.
CDC director Dr. Mandy Cohen said while there is a limited supply they are working with manufacturers.
"I personally have been on the phone with them dozens of times to try and speed up production, we actually just released another 70,000 doses," said CDC director, Dr. Mandy Cohen.