KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hospitals across the metro are seeing an increase in RSV cases.

The respiratory virus affects children, causing cold-like symptoms including a cough, runny nose, and fever.

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City said it tested 170 children for RSV last week. Nearly half of the cases were positive for the virus, according to the hospital.

Experts say they usually begin seeing RSV cases in the fall and it will continue through the spring, but this year the cases are hitting earlier.

“In a typical year, take 2019 for instance, RSV starts in November and ends sometime in the spring, typically March. It is unusual to see these numbers this early. We did see an early RSV spike in 2021 as well, but this one is higher than that one,” Dr. Angela Myers, Children’s Mercy Hospital, said.

RSV is contagious and can easily spread through coughing or sneezing, according to health experts.

If your child is symptomatic, the American Journal of Infection Control suggests limiting contact with other people, including keeping them home from daycare.

If you child is struggling to breathe, or has severe symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

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