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What is RSV?


Steven Oscherwitz, MD, practices at Cardon Children's Medical Center

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Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text: Banner Health Presents: Ask the Expert
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Image: Dr. Steven Oscherwitz, speaks on-camera throughout video

Text: RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Steven Oscherwitz, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist - Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Audio:  “Hello! I’m Dr. Steven Oscherwitz, an infectious disease specialist, here to talk to you about RSV -- Respiratory Syncytial Virus.”

Image: Lung X-ray

Audio:  “Respiratory syncytial virus infects the lungs and can infect people at any age.”

Text: Fever, Runny nose, Cough, Wheezing

Audio:  “During the late fall, winter and early spring, RSV causes fever, runny nose, cough and sometimes wheezing.”

Text: Recovery about 1 to 2 weeks

Audio:  “Most children recover in 1 to 2 weeks…”

Text: About 1 in 100 Hospitalized

Audio:  “…but about 1 in 100 kids will need to go to the hospital for bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

Image: An X-ray that highlights smallest tubes within the lung

Text: Bronchiolitis

Audio:  “Bronchiolitis is inflammation and swelling in the smallest tubes of our lungs. Bronchiolitis from RSV can limit the amount of air that we can breathe as well as causing wheezing and coughing.”

Image: Physician checks young child’s heart rhythm

Audio:  “If your child has RSV, a chest x-ray or CT-Scan may show white areas of pneumonia in the lungs caused by the virus. Someone who’s very ill with RSV may require a ventilator machine to breathe...”

Image: Close-up of intravenous injection of medication

Text: Ribavirin

Audio:  “…and an intravenous medicine called ribavirin in the hospital. Most important…”

Image: A girl covers her sneeze with a Kleenex.

Audio:  “…teach your children to be cautious during flu season around anyone who’s sick.”

Image: Visually explicit photo of droplets produced by a cough/sneeze and the broad impact on  surrounding area.

Audio:  “You can catch RSV infection by breathing in droplets after an infected person has coughed or sneezed. You can also catch RSV by shaking hands, touching anything that might have been spread by the sneeze or by sharing cups and eating utensils. There is currently no effective vaccine for RSV…”

Image: Close-up of appropriate hand washing

Audio:  “…the best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like RSV are to cover coughs and sneezes, and to wash your hands well. There are blood tests for RSV infection, but the diagnosis is usually based on symptoms and the time of year.”

Text: For more information…

Audio:  “If you would like more information about RSV, check the Center for Disease Control web address on your screen.”

Text: Remember to…Wash hands, Cover cough & sneezes

Audio:  “Remember to wash your hands and cover those coughs and sneezes.”

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Page Last Modified: 08/05/2013
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