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Update on RSV Cases

Friday, December 18, 2015

A patient, who had tested positive with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), has sadly passed away.  The patient, who had been giving cause for concern, had transferred  earlier this week to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) from the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. 

RSV is a viral illness which normally resembles a cold and is self limiting.  It is particularly prevalent at this time of year and is common in the community.  

It is the most common germ that causes lung and airway infections in infants and young children.   Most infants have had this infection by the age of two although it can re-occur.  

In young children and ‎adults with compromised immune systems the illness can be more severe and cause pneumonia.  

Dr Teresa Inkster, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, NHSGGC, said:  “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the patient who has died. 

“In addition a further case has been identified that had been discharged from the hospital before testing began.  This patient attended an outpatient appointment and was showing mild symptoms of this respiratory virus.  The patient has been admitted to the QEUH as a precaution. 

“The remaining two patients are recovering in isolation and in line with infection control procedures the ward at the BWoSCC is now admitting new patients. 

“As a further measure we have contacted all patients who have been in the ward since the beginning of December which established there had been no other patients reporting symptoms.” 

Health Protection Scotland Consultant Epidemiologist, Jim McMenamin, said:  “RSV is particularly prevalent at this time of year and there are a number of cases in the community especially in young children. 

“Whilst RSV is more common in young children it can occur in people of all ages. It is spread by inhaling tiny droplets from an infected person when they sneeze or cough or by touching surfaces with the virus on it.  

“The best way to control this is to use tissues when coughing and sneezing and washing hands regularly.  

“The incubation period for RSV is five to seven days and the illness usually lasts about a week.  Parents with children showing symptoms and adults with underlying heart and lung disease or impaired immune systems who are displaying symptoms should, if concerned, either see their GP or ring NHS 24.” 

ENDS 

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]. 

Notes to Editors

Symptoms in babies include: 

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • High fever.
  • Thick discharge from the nose.
  • Cough producing yellow, green, or gray mucus.
  • Unusual irritability or inactivity.
  • Refusal to breastfeed or bottle-feed. 

Symptoms in adults include:

  • A cough.
  • A stuffy or runny nose.
  • A mild sore throat.
  • An earache.
  • A fever

 

There will be no update unless there is a significant change to the current situation.

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