Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that affects the respiratory system and typically causes minor, cold-like symptoms.
There has been a rise in RSV cases across Australia this year, with cases more than doubling from 7,323 to 14,933 cases from the period of Jan 1 to July 1 2022-23 in Victoria.
Experts say that the increase in case numbers is most likely the result of a rise in RSV testing this year as well as an increase in complacency since COVID-19 case numbers have gone down, such as the lack of disinfecting hands, and staying at home when unwell. It is therefore recommended to be careful by taking these precautions.
There is currently no vaccination available in Victoria at this stage, however a vaccine has been approved in the United States which could soon rollout in Australia within 6-12 months.
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