Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
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.
RSV Prophylaxis in Alaska