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It is the peak season for RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus right now.  Between December 30th and January 5th, OU Children’s Hospital has seen 60 cases. Dr. Robert Welliver, an OU infectious disease specialist, says many people don’t realize how prevalent and dangerous this virus is.

“It’s the most common reason for an infant to be hospitalized in developed countries like the us. Around the world there are about 200 thousand deaths a year.”

When mom Mikala Watkins of Del City noticed her 10 day old baby Sophie was congested and coughing she took her to a doctor. Sophie has now been in the hospital for 12 days for RSV.  She will soon be going home, but it’s been frightening. Watkins wants to warn others.

“It’s scary to me knowing there are people who don’t know what it is, what the signs, or how dangerous is is for a baby.”

Doctors say look for symptoms that mimic a cold and develop into wheezing and labored breathing. If that happens, doctors say you need to go to an emergency room.