What Are the Causes of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)?

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What are the causes of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is a common childhood illness but can also infect adults.

Respiratory syncytial virus can spread through the air on infected respiratory droplets, or pass to others through direct contact. The respiratory syncytial virus can enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

You may get infected when people with RSV sneeze or cough near you. If you shake hands with someone with RSV, you may also get infected. Besides, if you touch your mouth, nose or eyes after touching a contaminated object, you’re likely to get the respiratory syncytial virus.

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