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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Adults Learning Zone

RSV burden

Read time: 45 mins
Last updated:27th Oct 2021
Published:27th Oct 2021

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) usually causes mild coughs and colds, but in some populations, such as infants, the elderly, and adults with comorbidities, RSV infections can be life-threatening, resulting in pneumonia, bronchiolitis, bronchitis and hospitalisation. Discover:

  • The nature of RSV infections
  • The burden of RSV on patients, society and healthcare systems
  • Populations at risk of severe RSV infections

What is RSV?

Infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are common and in healthy individuals usually result in coughs or colds with mild symptoms1

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What is the burden of RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has a negative impact on the lives of severely affected patients, due to the requirement for hospitalisation, potential long-term symptoms and high mortality rates (Figure 3).

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What are the risk factors for severe RSV?

Given the patient and socioeconomic burden of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in paediatric and adult populations, an understanding of risk factors is required to help to isolate high-risk individuals and identify patients at risk of a severe infection.

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