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Doctors warn parents as peak season approaches for dangerous respiratory virus

Courtesy: MGN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WSBT) - Doctors are warning of a potentially deadly virus affecting the respiratory system of kids and infants.

This virus could be very dangerous. It's called RSV. That stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It often pops up around this time, mostly in young children.

It affects kid's ability to breathe.

Symptoms often include a runny nose, coughing, wheezing and a fever.

Doctors say it often mimics a common cold but can be much worse.

It is highly contagious, so doctors advise washing your hands and staying away from people with the virus.

This time of year, doctors often see more and more cases of it.

Doctors warn that when infants get RSV, they symptoms can often cause other problems as well.

“Sometimes they get difficulty breathing, working hard with their chest and then that creates a situation where they have a hard time taking their bottles because they’re working hard to breathe," said Doctor Lynnette Valentijn, M.D.

If you begin to notice those symptoms in your child or yourself, call your doctor right away.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for RSV besides fluids and rest.

However, doctors say it can get much worse if left untreated.

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