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** Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV): here today, gone tomorrow **
January 28, 2011 | General
I’ve written before (here, here, and here) about RSV, one of the most
common causes of respiratory illness in infants and toddlers, and the most
common cause of illness severe enough to land them in the hospital. It’s
so common that virtually 100% of children have gotten the infection by the
time they’re two years old. RSV generally causes an illness called
bronchiolitis. In this post I’ll tell you about why it causes such sudden
and explosive epidemics.
I’ve hardly seen any RSV yet this year. But all of us know it will come;
generally we see a few cases, quickly followed by an explosion of cases.
The way RSV behaves in the population is fascinating. It’s also utterly
predictable, based upon what we know about the properties of the virus and
our immune response to it.
The first thing to know is that RSV is highly
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