RSV Cases Spike in Tampa Bay Region

TAMPA — Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are on the rise throughout the Tampa Bay area according to an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most adults easily recover from RSV, infants and the elderly—particularly those with compounding risk factors—can become severely ill.

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. The virus is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States, according to the CDC.

The CDC said that Florida is one of more than 30 states across the country that have reported a rise in the respiratory virus RSV this year, leading to a spike in hospitalizations in the Tampa Bay area. 

Those at greatest risk for severe illness from RSV include
  • Premature infants
  • Infants, especially those 6 months and younger
  • Children younger than 2 years old with chronic lung disease or congenital (present from birth) heart disease
  • Children with weakened immune systems
  • Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
For more information on symptoms and treatments, visit the CDC website.