Cold Weather Virus in Summer Baffles Docs, Worries Parents

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause of cold-like symptoms but can be serious for infants and the elderly.

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In this June 2021 photo provided by LaRanda St. John, her 6-week-old son, Beau, lies in a hospital bed at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Matoon, Ill. Beau developed a bad cough after his dedication ceremony at church. St. John, who has a medical background, suspected respiratory syncytial virus when she opened his sleeper and saw his chest heaving with labored breathing. (LaRanda St. John via AP)
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The recent emergence of a virus that typically sickens children in colder months has baffled U.S. pediatricians and put many infants in the hospital with troublesome coughs and breathing trouble. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause of cold-like symptoms but can be serious for infants and the elderly. Cases dropped dramatically last year, with people staying home and social distancing, but began cropping up as pandemic restrictions eased. “I’ve never seen anything…

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