Dangerous respiratory illness on the rise in Texas

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DALLAS, Texas (KXAS) – As the flu continues to spread across the country, hospitals in Dallas say they are seeing more children becoming ill from a respiratory illness.

“We’re seeing a lot of RSV right now,” said Kelly Ann Hoselton, a nurse practitioner at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  “It’s difficulty breathing, it’s a lot of nasal congestion and it’s fever.”

The virus usually targets young children and can be deadly for small infants.

Texas health officials say they have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of RSV cases within the last couple of weeks.

In fact, the number of cases at Children’s has doubled in the past few weeks, causing nearly every bed in the hospital to be filled.

Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth reports that the number of RSV cases there has tripled since December.

Doctors say RSV can be deadly for small infants but most children only need time to deal with the symptoms.

RSV is contagious and is spread when people cough, sneeze and touch items.

Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine.

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