Six-year-old Michigan boy dies of RSV amid surge in cases
A 6-year-old Michigan boy has died of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) as cases overwhelm pediatric hospitals across the country, officials said.
The Macomb County boy was admitted to Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital and died at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office said. he told the Detroit Free Press.
“The child was diagnosed in the hospital and survived several hours in the hospital, I believe, with severe respiratory distress,” doctor Ljubiša Dragović told the agency. “He had an RSV infection as it was documented and tested positive at the hospital.”
His identity has not been released.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants younger than 1 year. It usually presents with mild cold-like symptoms and can cause serious breathing difficulties in young children and older adults. Most children get RSV before their second birthday.
Mail previously published on the rise in RSV cases earlier this year, as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions led to a flurry of infections that are typically fall and winter viruses throughout the year.
“RSV affects our youngest, most vulnerable residents,” said Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust in a statement Wednesday. “We are concerned about RSV, influenza and COVID-19 which are all prevalent as we head into winter. Get your COVID and flu shots when you’re eligible and wash your hands often.”
Some hospitals in the state are nearing capacity, as children mostly under the age of 4 pack emergency rooms with similar symptoms, The Detroit News reports.
“Children’s hospitals across Michigan are operating close to capacity due to the rapid increase in RSV cases and staffing challenges,” said John Karasinski, a spokesman for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. “Individuals with worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath or dehydration, should seek emergency care immediately.”
A representative for the Oakland County Health Department did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
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