Infantile disease respiratory syncytial virus infection is spiking up in Japan, “Highest in past 10 years”

Respiratory syncytial virus infection is a children’s disease.

Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Most otherwise healthy people recover from RSV infection in 1 to 2 weeks. However, infection can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States. In addition, RSV is more often being recognized as an important cause of respiratory illness in older adults. [CDC]

 

It spreads in winter season in Japan, but this year, it started spreading in the week of  7/9~15/2012, and made the huge leap in the week of 8/27~9/2/2012.

 

Infantile disease respiratory syncytial virus infection is spiking up in Japan, "Highest in past 10 years"

 

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RSウイルス感染症は幼い子供がかかる病気です。

RSウイルスは、肺と呼吸器に感染する呼吸器系ウイルスです。殆どの健常者はRSウイルスに感染しても1~2週間で快復します。しかし、乳幼児や幼い子供、老人では重症化する恐れがあります。実際に、アメリカではRSウイルスが乳児の細気管支炎(肺の末梢気道の炎症)や肺炎の一番の原因となっています。更に、RSウイルスは老人の呼吸器疾患の主因としても広く認知されています。

日本では冬に感染が広まりますが、2012年は7月9日~15日の週に感染が広まり始め、8月27日~9月2日の週に感染が急拡大しました。

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