Macomb County Boy, 6, Died Of RSV Amid Surge Of Infections - Gatous News

Macomb County boy, 6, died of RSV amid surge of infections

A 6-year-old Macomb County boy has died from respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV, Oakland County’s chief medical examiner said Wednesday, amid a surge of infections among Michigan children that has pediatric hospitals across the state at or near capacity.

The young boy was hospitalized at Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital, and died at 3:41 am Wednesday, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Free Press.

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

The boy is among hundreds of Michigan children who have needed hospital care amid a wave of cases of RSV, which causes the most serious illness in infants and young children, people with compromised immune systems and elderly people.

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Who is at risk for RSV?

It’s a very common respiratory virus that in most people causes mild, cold-like symptoms “typical of other respiratory diseases — runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fevers, all of those things,” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive, told the Free Press in a previous interview. “Most people who have RSV infections, they get better on their own at home.”

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