Robert Koch Institute: RKI reports start of wave of illnesses linked to RSV infections

In Germany, according to Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a wave of RSV diseases has begun. Children in particular currently have to be treated in hospital, writes the RKI in its current weekly report (PDF) on acute respiratory diseases. RSV is short for respiratory syncytial virus.

Furthermore, according to the RKI, there are currently many infections of this type in Germany. Coronavirus and colds caused by rhinoviruses. A wave of flu is therefore not yet in sight.

Having children at the same time RSV infection usually first a runny nose and loss of appetite. The throat may be inflamed. “Coughing and sneezing follow, and fever often appears,” writes the Federal Center for Health Education. As a result, pneumonia, for example, is possible. If the progression is severe, ventilation may be necessary.

RSV reporting requirements are still relatively new

There was a serious wave of RSV in Germany last fall and winter. Many children were affected, who had previously had no contact with the pathogen due to the corona pandemic and the measures taken to combat it. Clinics and pediatricians’ offices were temporarily overloaded. German experts now expected a more normal wave this winter.

Risk groups for severe cases of RSV include premature babies, children with previous lung disease or heart defects, adults over 65, and people with weakened immune systems. In principle, you can get sick and be infected repeatedly at any age.

According to the RKI, the spread within the population has long been underestimated. The RSV reporting requirement is still relatively new.

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