ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona experiencing early spike of RSV cases, especially among kids

Oct 24, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:11 am
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — A seasonal respiratory virus most common among young children is making its annual appearance in Arizona earlier than usual, as is the case in many parts of the nation.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, RSV cases are up more than 340% compared to a typical season. A total of 583 cases have been reported since this season began on Oct. 2. The vast majority of cases are among children under the age of 4.

Dr. Rahul Chawla, pediatric intensive care and pediatric emergency room physician at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, said RSV cases usually spike during the winter months in Arizona.

“But this year it’s gotten here a little earlier,” he told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We see kids that are less than a year of age, especially less than 6 months of age, who are getting RSV.”

He noted most children will get sick with the virus by the time they’re 2 years old. They usually start out with a runny nose, decrease in appetite or a cough that may progress to wheezing.

“For most kids, it just causes a common kind of cold or viral upper respiratory infection symptoms,” Chawla said. “But for some kids it can cause them to have lung disease with something called bronchiolitis, which is inflammation of the lower airways, and also pneumonia.”

He said young children with severe RSV infection may experience dehydration, trouble breathing and difficulty feeding. They may need to be hospitalized to receive oxygen therapy, intubation or mechanical ventilation to help them breathe better.

Some hospitals across the country have reported beds are filling up with children who are sick with RSV. In Arizona, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

In a statement sent to KTAR News 92.3 FM, Phoenix Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases said the hospital “has seen a significant increase in RSV cases over the past few weeks” but is not experiencing any capacity issues.

Chawla said Banner Health hospitals throughout Arizona also don’t have capacity issues despite seeing an uptick in RSV cases. He stressed most kids who get the virus will not need to be hospitalized and will only require supportive care at home.

“That includes Tylenol for fever,” he said. “Make sure they’re hydrating and that they’re eating.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Former border agent indicted in sexual assault, kidnapping of Arizona minor

A former border patrol agent in Arizona was indicted Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting and kidnapping of a minor, federal authorities said.
12 hours ago
(YouTube Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Lockdown lifted at 2 Scottsdale schools after police respond to gun report

Two schools in north Scottsdale were placed on lockdown for several hours Friday morning in response to reports of a person with a gun.
12 hours ago
Henry Mcleod (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Suspect accused of stabbing Mesa Fry’s employee after feeling ‘disrespected’

A man was arrested in Mesa after he allegedly stabbed a grocery store worker because he felt disrespected by him last month, authorities said.
12 hours ago
(Luke Forstner/KTAR News)...
Luke Forstner

Growing Asian District in Mesa budding with enthusiasm for restaurants, shops, diversity

The Asian District in Mesa has come to life with enthusiasm for its restaurants, grocers and variety of other businesses.
12 hours ago
(Butterfly Wonderland Facebook Photo/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Dec. 2-4

With holiday season activities in full swing, here are some of the biggest events in metro Phoenix this weekend.
12 hours ago
(The Global Ambassador Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Mediterranean rooftop restaurant coming to Phoenix’s Global Ambassador hotel

Sam Fox announced that Theà Mediterranean Rooftop will be one of five original restaurants at his first hotel project, The Global Ambassador.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Arizona experiencing early spike of RSV cases, especially among kids