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Baby virus warning to parents

30th October 2008

The British Lung Foundation has warned parents to be alert for the potentially-fatal winter baby infection known as RSV.

Respiratory syncytial virus - which affects most children by the age of two - is often is little more than a cold but can be serious for some infants and chest infections due to RSV are the most common cause of hospital admissions for young children. Symptoms include runny nose, mild fever, sore throat, mild cough, blocked nose and ear infection but it can worsen after a few days and spread to the lungs.

 

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