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As people confront the cold and flu season, what’s top of mind for many Californians this year is the unseasonably early activity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which causes a respiratory illness that can be dangerous for babies and older adults.
The record number of daily emergency room visits and pediatric hospitalizations caused by the virus prompted the Orange County Health Care Agency to issue a Declaration of Health Emergency on Oct. 31, just two days after strongly encouraging residents to follow preventive measures against RSV.
In October, The Times reported some children’s hospitals in the state were straining or stretching resources because of the influx of patients sickened by RSV.
For many Californians, though, the scourge seemingly came out of nowhere. To help you prepare for this latest threat, here’s an explanation from health experts on what RSV is, which populations are at risk, what symptoms to look out for and which preventive measures to take against the virus.
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