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FRIDAY, June 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The southern part of the United States is seeing an unusual late spring wave of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections and health care providers should be on alert, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday.
The virus is spread via small droplets and contaminated surfaces. It’s most common in fall and winter, but cases fell sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no specific treatment for it, CNN reported.
The recent spread of the virus has occurred in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“Due to this increased activity, CDC encourages broader testing for RSV among patients presenting with acute respiratory illness who test negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC alert advised.
“RSV is the most common cause of