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RSV cases up 200% over last November, SNHD reports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — November introduced greater than 1,800 cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) to Southern Nevada — a 200% enhance over the identical time last year, based on the well being district.

A Friday information launch from the Southern Nevada Health District warns the neighborhood concerning the potential impacts of seasonal respiratory diseases — each for individuals who get sick, and for the well being care system on the whole. Pediatric hospital rooms have crammed up in the course of the surge of RSV cases, and hospitals have needed to transfer some older youngsters to grownup hospital beds. Pressure on neonatal intensive care items has additionally elevated, with occupancy at 100%, based on the Nevada Hospital Association. Only about 600 RSV cases had been reported in November 2021 as folks continued to observe COVID-19 protocols that helped cut back the unfold of respiratory diseases total.

Individuals with increased danger of issues must be cautious as RSV, flu and COVID-19 cases enhance throughout winter months.

RSV normally causes gentle, cold-like signs, SNHD mentioned. It’s a typical respiratory virus that primarily spreads when an contaminated particular person coughs or sneezes. But dangers might be better in infants lower than 6 months outdated, youngsters below the age of two, and older adults with underlying well being circumstances like bronchial asthma or congestive coronary heart failure, SNHD mentioned. About all you are able to do is attempt to cut back signs — there is no such thing as a vaccine.

Flu has additionally been within the information. The first deaths of the season had been reported last week — one girl in her 40s and one in her 60s. SNHD reports 67 flu hospitalizations for the week of Nov. 13-19 — a 72% enhance over the earlier week. Statewide, 140 hospitalizations have been reported to date. There are flu vaccines accessible, and SNHD urges residents to get vaccinated. The vaccine is really useful for everybody 6 months and older.

And COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. New variants have been circulating over the previous two months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has elevated the neighborhood degree in Clark County and neighboring Southern Nevada counties to “medium” as strain on hospitals has begun to extend.

“The best way to protect yourself and others this season is to take proactive steps to stay healthy,” mentioned Dr. Fermin Leguen, SNHD Health Officer. “There is no vaccine for RSV, but vaccines for seasonal flu and COVID-19 are readily available, and there are additional measures everyone can take to stay safer and healthier this winter.”

SNHD recommends that every one folks, however particularly those that are extra in danger for extreme sickness or dwell with somebody who’s, take additional precautions right now:

  • Wash arms continuously with cleaning soap and working water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if cleaning soap and water are usually not accessible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue away after utilizing it.
  • Consider sporting a well-fitting, good-quality masks when indoors or in crowded areas
  • Avoid shut contact with people who find themselves sick.
  • Clean generally touched surfaces.
  • Stay house when sick and restrict contact with others.
  • Take a COVID-19 take a look at. People who develop flu-like signs ought to take a COVID-19 take a look at, particularly if they’ve underlying circumstances that put them extra in danger for extreme sickness or hospitalization from flu or COVID.
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