The Virginia Department of Health says cases of “R-S-V” have quadrupled since September.

Last week Friday, the health system released a clinician letter updating the status of RSV in the state.

Figure Credit: Virginia Department of Health showing the urgent care visits that include RSV in the discharge diagnosis.

According to Public Health Physician Specialist, Brooke Rossheim, M.D., M.P.H says it’s a respiratory virus with cold-like symptoms.

Anyone can get it, but it poses the biggest threat to babies and toddlers. It makes breathing difficult, which in turn makes it hard for them to eat.

The virus is spreading at its fastest rate in 25 years with almost three-quarters of pediatric hospital beds nationwide, now occupied.

“Over the past month, roughly, if you look at discharge data from emergency departments and urgent care centers, the number of mentions of RSV has gone up about four-fold, in almost the past month,” said Dr. Rossheim.

There’s no specific treatment for RSV. There’s also no vaccine.

Most cases are a matter of managing symptoms and letting the virus run its course.

The Center for Disease Control has recommended treatments if you or your child come down with the virus.