6-year-old Michigan boy dies of RSV amid surge in cases

A 6-year-old Michigan boy has died of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) as cases overwhelm children’s hospitals across the country, officials said.

The Macomb County boy was admitted to Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital and died at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Detroit Free Press.

“The child was diagnosed in hospital and survived in hospital for several hours, I believe, with severe respiratory distress,” said medical examiner Dr Ljubisa Dragovic. “He had an RSV infection as it was documented and tested positive at the hospital.”

His identity has not been revealed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants under one year old. Usually manifesting with mild cold-like symptoms, it can cause severe breathing difficulties in young children and older adults. Most children get RSV before their second birthday.

RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants under 1 year old.
RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants under 1 year old.
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The Post previously reported on the spike in RSV cases earlier this year as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions led to a year-long streak of infections of what is usually a virus. fall and winter.

“RSV affects our youngest and most vulnerable residents,” Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said in Wednesday’s statement. “We are concerned about the spread of RSV, influenza and COVID-19 as we enter winter. Get your COVID and flu shots when you are eligible and wash your hands often.

Some hospitals across the state are nearing capacity as children, mostly under the age of 4, pack ERs with similar symptoms, Detroit News reported.

“Michigan children’s hospitals are operating near capacity due to a rapid increase in RSV cases and staffing issues,” said John Karasinski, spokesman for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. “People with worsening symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or dehydration, should seek emergency care immediately.”

The United States is experiencing a worrying increase in RSV cases this year.
The United States is experiencing a worrying increase in RSV cases this year.
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A representative for the Oakland County Health Division did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

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