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Date:12/6/2007

esearch Center. "Transmission can be reduced considerably by simple measures, such as routine hand-washing, and avoiding close contact with those infected."

The virus can be transmitted through droplets from sneezes and coughs, and from household surfaces on which the virus can lie.

For people most at risk of RSV infection, there is some protection available in the form of an antibody to the virus that is given monthly along with the antiviral drug ribavirin, Katz said.

"Good surveillance data enhance this effort by providing an early and reliable alert system for likely exposures," he said. "Armed with this information, pediatricians can make optimal use of the antibody against RSV. This is a clear case where forewarned is forearmed."

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To learn more about respiratory syncytial virus, visit the CDC.



SOURCES: David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Prevention Research, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Dec. 7, 2007, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta


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