Macomb County boy, 6, dies of RSV amid spike in infections

A 6-year-old Macomb County boy has died of respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV, the Oakland County Chief Medical Examiner said Wednesday, amid a surge of infections among children of Michigan that have pediatric hospitals across the state at or near capacity.

The young boy was hospitalized at Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital and died at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office told the 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 because it was documented and tested positive at the hospital.”

The boy is among hundreds of children in Michigan who have needed hospital care amid a surge of cases of RSV, which causes the most serious illness in infants and young children, people with weak immune systems. is weakened and the elderly.

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This 1981 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an electron micrograph of respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV.  Children's hospitals across the country are seeing a worrying increase in RSV, a common respiratory disease that can cause serious breathing problems for babies.

Who is at risk for RSV?

It’s a very common respiratory virus that in most people causes mild cold-like symptoms “typical of other respiratory illnesses – runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fevers, all those things,” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, state medical director. told Free Press in a previous interview. “Most people with RSV infections heal on their own at home.”

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