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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)    Sick Person 

Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, can cause upper respiratory infections (such as colds) and lower respiratory tract infections (such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia).  Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday, and RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.  Premature infants and infants with chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease have higher rates of RSV hospitalization. 

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Alaska State Virology Laboratory (ASVL) Information

ASVL conducts RSV testing using the GenMark eSensor Respiratory Viral Panel, a multiplex PCR platform, on all submitted specimens.

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RSV Prophylaxis in Alaska

Medicaid Synagis criteria - During the 2016-17 RSV season, Alaska Medicaid will reimburse up to 5 doses of Palivizumab from November 28th through May 15 for eligible children.  Prior authorization information for Synagis 2016-17 can be found at the State of Alaska Health Care Services website.