Boy Dies of Respiratory Syncytial Virus as Cases Surge & Hospitals Fill up With Sick Kids

A boy has died of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus as officials warn that hospitals are “filling up” with sick kids.

The child, six, passed away in a hospital in Troy, Michigan, doctors revealed on Wednesday.

The boy, who hasn’t been named, died after suffering complications from the disease, WDIV-TV.

Medical examiner Ljubisa Dragovic told the Detroit Free Press: “The child was diagnosed in the hospital and survived in the hospital for several hours, I believe, with severe respiratory distress.”

Medical expert Dr. Frank McGeorge warned that RSV is a common virus and is “easy to spread”.

And, Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said that “hospitals have been filling up” with vulnerable kids battling the virus who are four and under.

Beata Mostafavi, a spokesperson a the University of Michigan Mott’s Children’s Hospital, warned that the unit is “extremely full”.

And, intensive care beds at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, are also at capacity.

The hospital’s president Hossain Marandi warned: “We are also evaluating every admission to assure that when a critically ill child needs care, we can say yes.”

McGeorge warned that parents should take their kids for a checkup if they are suffering from shortness of breath or are “hungry for air”.

Boffins at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the virus causes mild-like cold symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and a fever.

And, most people who contract the virus tend to recover within two weeks.

But, doctors warn that RSV can cause pneumonia in kids that are under the age of one.

There’s no vaccine currently available for RSV but scientists are hopeful that one may be developed in 2023.

Officials estimate that around 58,000 kids who are younger than five are admitted to hospitals with the virus.

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