More Infants Die From Respiratory Syncytial Virus Than Thought: New Study

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older, healthy children.

But it can be fatal for infants -- especially those in low- and middle-income countries who lack adequate access to medical care. 

The virus, which infects the lungs and breathing passage, is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers has revealed that infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus is much higher than what was previously thought. 

Nearly one in 10 of all deceased infants under 6 months were infected with RSV, it said.

It was earlier estimated that about 120,000 infants die from the virus each year.

According to the researchers, this figure is based hospital-based surveillance and does not include RSV deaths that occur in the community.