RSV virus kills 3 young children, 6 in prison

The Department of Disease Control warns of pneumonia from RSV infection, there are young children under the age of 5 and 3 people have died of congenital disease, 6 people found cluster cases in prisons, suggesting the observation of flu-like symptoms. avoid crowded activities

Today (November 16, 2022), the Ministry of Public Health It was said of surveillance of respiratory infections caused by the RSV virus (RSV) in patients with a flu-like syndrome. and pneumonia from hospitals in the Department of Disease Control network. together with the Department of Medical Sciences and the Thai-US Cooperation Center for public health

Between January 1 and September 30, a total of 547 cases were reported, the most common among children under 2 years, followed by 3-5 years and 6-15 years.

Surveillance and investigation of the news about the outbreaks from the Department of Disease Control. Data found that between 1 September and 9 November there were 3 deaths from RSV pneumonia patients, among them children less than 5 years of age with congenital disease.

In addition, one case of cluster infection was detected in a prison. Six adult patients were found, no deaths.

Check for symptoms of RSV infection.

The Ministry of Public Health said it expects to continue to see cases of respiratory infections caused by the RSV virus. Because the disease is common during the rainy season and winter. It can be transmitted by touching the secretions of an infected person. and from inhaling bacteria in the air in the form of aerosols from patients’ coughs and sneezes

The virus enters the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth, it has been found that most patients will show symptoms 4-6 days after exposure to the virus and when they are sick, they can spread the infection for 3 – 8 days.

For general symptoms it can be like the common cold. But the specific symptoms of this infection Bronchiolitis is often found in young children. At first, there will only be a few symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat until severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, dimpled chest, abnormal lung sounds. wheezing sound Eat less and absorb Treatment Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent disease. Most of them are symptomatic treatment.

Observe the symptoms – avoid doing activities with crowded people.

The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health advises parents and caregivers to closely observe their children’s illnesses. Especially young children under the age of 5, especially if they have underlying diseases. If found to have flu-like symptoms See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

To prevent disease, wash your hands often. with soap and clean water Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth Do not share food and personal items with other people. maintain personal hygiene Clean the house regularly including children’s toys.

Also, avoid contact with sick people. Children should not be taken in crowded places. Because those who are sick should refrain from going out of the house. to reduce the spread of the infection to others Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze. People can ask for more information at the Disease Control Department’s helpline, call 1422.

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