Height of RSV Season in the Texas Panhandle

Dr. Osvaldo Regueira, Texas Tech Pediatrician
Dr. Osvaldo Regueira, Texas Tech Pediatrician

By Lorena Inclán
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - The high plains and panhandle region is at the height of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, better known as RSV. According to the Texas Pediatric Society, almost 50 cases have already been detected this year.

RSV is usually not serious, But if left untreated it could lead to other complications like pneumonia.

Although anyone can get RSV, infants and toddlers are especially prone. According to a local pediatrician, the symptoms are very similar to the flu and it's important for parents to know what to look for.

"A child especially less than one or two years of age, who seems to have a cold and it's just getting worse. Parents are very good at picking that up because they see their babies all the time but if you think your child is just not getting well and the cold is getting worse, take him or her to the doctor" said Dr. Osvaldo Regueira, Texas Tech Pediatrician.

Babies with RSV may show signs of loss of energy, act fussy or cranky and are less hungry than usual. Some children may have more serious symptoms like wheezing or trouble breathing.