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RSV, A Potentially Deadly Virus, Common in Amarillo

A virus that preys on infants is hitting Amarillo hard.

Premature babies and babies who are experiencing their first winter are the most susceptible to Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or what pediatricians simply refer to as "the virus."

Pediatricians tell us their offices have been slammed this season with children who have different stages of RSV.

Symptoms mimic those of the common cold, but if left untreated the virus can settle in the child's lungs, causing him or her to wheeze, and making it difficult to breathe.

Some winters, so many children are hospitalized that the pediatric floors fill to capacity.  There is a vaccine for RSV but it is so expensive that very few children qualify to receive it.

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