Most RSV ICU Infants Have No Health Issues

JAMA Network Open found that most newborns hospitalized to critical care units for respiratory syncytial

infections were healthy and had no underlying problems.

RSV causes 57000 respiratory-related hospitalizations in US children under 5 yearly, making it

the leading cause of first-year hospitalizations, and 1 in 5 infants are admitted to the ICU.1

The COVID-19 pandemic disturbed circulation patterns, causing unusual RSV infections in 2021 and 2022. 

during peak transmission in 2022 RSV-affected newborns admitted to the ICU.

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A public health prospective surveillance registry collected data from 39 pediatric hospitals in 27 states.

hospital between October 17 and December 16 at the height of the 2022 RSV season.

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