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Children's Hospital Says RSV At High Levels

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Health officials at Children's Hospital Central California say they're seeing an epidemic of RSV, or "Respiratory Syncytial Virus". Doctors say the virus is often mistaken for the common cold, but it can be very serious for babies since they haven't built up the immunity to fight it off.

The virus is passed from one child to another through contact. It usually starts as a sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and makes it hard to breath.

Doctors say it strikes during the winter more often because kids are around so many people during the holidays.

They say this year, business at the hospital is booming, "We are packed. Our numbers being seen in the emergency room have gone from 200 say this time of year last year, to over 350 some days," says Dr. Robert Kezirian.

So what can you do to protect your child? Doctors say don't take babies to grocery stores or malls, keep them away from other children who might be sick, and wash your hands often.

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