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Surge in Iowa children coughing and wheezing


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A growing number of hospitals are reporting a surge in coughing and wheezing babies and toddlers. 

Health authorities say the children are infected with respiratory syncytial virus - more commonly known as RSV.  The symptoms are coughing, sneezing, runny noses, and fever.

For most patients, the disease feels much like a common cold.  But doctors say RSV can cause serious breathing problems in youngsters, because of their narrow airways.

The virus often spreads in child care centers or preschools.  Kids can also catch it from family members who don't realize they have the virus.

There is currently no vaccination for RSV.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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