Police: Details of how 6-year-old Michigan boy dies from RSV amid case surge

Police: Details of how 6-year-old Michigan boy dies from RSV amid case surge

A 6-year-old boy from Michigan has died as cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) overwhelm pediatric hospitals across the country, according to officials.

The Macomb County boy was admitted to Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital and died at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police: Details of how 6-year-old Michigan boy dies from RSV amid case surge

“The child was diagnosed in the hospital and survived in the hospital for several hours, I believe, with severe respiratory distress,” Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, the medical examiner, told the outlet. “He had an RSV infection because it was documented and tested positive in the hospital.”

His identity has not been released.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants under the age of one.

It usually manifests as mild, cold-like symptoms, but in young children and the elderly, it can cause serious breathing difficulties. The majority of children contract RSV before their second birthday.

The Post previously reported on an increase in RSV cases earlier this year, as COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed, resulting in a wave of year-round infections of what is normally a fall and winter virus.

Police: Details of how 6-year-old Michigan boy dies from RSV amid case surge

“RSV is affecting our youngest, more vulnerable residents,” Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said in Wednesday’s statement. “We are concerned about RSV, flu and COVID-19 all being widespread as we move into the winter. Get your COVID and flu vaccines when eligible and wash your hands often.”

Some hospitals in the state are nearing capacity as children under the age of four crowd emergency rooms with similar symptoms, according to the Detroit News.

“Children’s hospitals throughout Michigan are operating near capacity due to a rapid surge of RSV cases and staffing challenges,” John Karasinski, a spokesman for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, told the outlet. “Individuals experiencing worsening symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or dehydration, should seek emergency care immediately.”

source:nsemwokrom.com

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