One ward at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) is not admitting new patients as a result of seven patients testing positive with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
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: “Initially four patients tested positive for RSV, one was community acquired and the other three were healthcare acquired, and appropriate infection control measures were put in place including closing the ward to new admissions.
“We also tested the other patients in the ward and a further three patients tested positive.
“Sadly two patients have passed away this week and our thoughts and sympathies are with both their families at this difficult time.
“One of the patients who died had significant underlying health issues. This patient was extremely unwell as a result of these significant health issues and RSV was not the cause of their death.
“The second patient who died had been discharged from the BWoSCC after being assessed as clinically fit. However, this patient’s condition subsequently deteriorated and they were admitted to a hospital outwith the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area where they sadly passed away.
“A third patient is giving cause for concern and has been transferred to the intensive care unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, however, the patient is stable.
“Two patients remain in the ward who have tested positive but are not giving any cause for concern as a result of the RSV.
“The other two patients have already been discharged home.
“We also tested staff of which two tested positive and are at home recovering.”
Whilst more common in young children it can occur in people of all ages. It is spread by tiny droplets and sneezing or by touching surfaces with the virus on it.
The best way to control 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 symptons should, if concerned, either see the GP or ring NHS 24.
Symptoms in babies include:
Symptoms in adults include:
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