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Rise in RSV Cases in Children and Adults

CDC WARNING: Rise in RSV Cases in Children and Adults

The CDC has recently issued a warning on the rise in RSV cases in children and adults.  Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus which if left untreated can be deadly.  During the months of June and July 2021, we are witnessing an unusual spike in RSV cases.  Usually, RSV occurs during the winter season.  However, last year as people were social distancing, using PPE and increased health caution overall, there were very few cases.  While, RSV is common in children, due to it’s current widespread trend, we are seeing cases in adults as well.  Get to know more about the rise in RSV cases in children and adults to prevent its spread and know when to go to the emergency room.

What is RSV?

According to the CDC, each year in the US there are 2.1 million outpatient visits among children younger than 5 years old and 58,000 hospitalizations.  RSV is even more dangerous within the population of 65 and older, as each year it is the cause of approximately 14,000 deaths.  While listed as a common respiratory infection, RSV is listed by the CDC as “the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.”

Current RSV Cases in Texas

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has reported a tremendous increase in cases this year in comparison to what they were experiencing a year ago.  As you can see, the numbers speak for themselves within the CDC charts below revealing the total amount of antigen tests, detections, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests.

In order to prevent additional RSV cases in children and adults, get to know how it’s spread, the symptoms, and complications which vary.

How is RSV Spread?

Like most respiratory viruses, RSV is spread by touching an infected surface and by air.  In fact, the virus can survive on hard surfaces for many hours.  The following are some examples of how the RSV virus is transmitted as listed by the CDC:

  • An infected person coughs or sneezes
  • You get virus droplets from a cough or sneeze in your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • You touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands
  • You have direct contact with the virus, like kissing the face of a child with RSV

Once infected with RSV, a healthy individual can remain contagious for 3-8 days.  However, in some cases, “individuals can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.”

Who is at Risk?

Some people are more likely to be at high risk of developing a severe RSV infection.  The following are examples of who could be at a greater risk if infected and may need to be hospitalized (source CDC):

  • Premature infants
  • Young children with congenital (from birth) heart or chronic lung disease
  • Young children with compromised (weakened) immune systems due to a medical condition or medical treatment
  • Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
  • Adults with compromised immune systems
  • Older adults, especially those with underlying heart or lung disease
  • Individuals with chronic health problems
  • Individuals suffering from asthma

RSV Symptoms

It is vital to know how to recognize RSV signs and symptoms.  These tend to show up within 4-6 days and usually appear in stages.  “In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.” Source CDC.   The following are the most common RSV signs and symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing & Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing

Should you or a loved one exhibit any of these RSV symptoms (which do not come all at once), visit your local Altus location to have it evaluated by an ER physician and avoid possible complications.

RSV Complications

As we have indicated, if left untreated, RSV can escalate to dangerous complications.  These tend to vary in children and adults, the following are some of the most common RSV complications:

 

RSV Complications in Infants and Children according to the CDC:

  • Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung)
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)

 

RSV Complications in Adults according to the CDC:

  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
  • More severe symptoms for people with asthma
  • More severe symptoms for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (a chronic disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe)
  • Congestive heart failure (when the heart can’t pump blood and oxygen to the body’s tissues)

 

RSV while common can be deadly particularly in adults and individuals with preexisting medical conditions.  There is no reason to put your own life or others lives at risk.  We offer a free medical screening at all of our four Altus locations.

When to Go to the ER

Should you suspect a case of RSV, we encourage that you get tested to avoid potential dangerous complications.  Please call 911 or visit your nearest Altus location if any of the following occurs:

 

In Children:

  • If your child is lethargic, unresponsiveness
  • It is obvious that they are having difficulty breathing
  • Lips and fingernails turn blue
  • Signs of dehydration
  • High fever
  • Stops breathing for more than 10 seconds.
  • In older children, cannot speak while trying to breathe.

 

In Adults:

  • Persistent fever of 103°F or higher
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Inability to eat/dehydration

 

In the case of adults, we recommend to use your best judgement.  While in young children and infants, they cannot communicate all that they are experiencing, in adults we recommend to follow your gut.  If you feel as if you need emergency medical care do not risk your life.

 

While scientists are working on finding one, currently, there is no vaccine or cure for RSV. The best way to prevent an RSV infection is to look for ways to prevent or better manage severe illness.

 

Prevent the spread of RSV by following the common sense tips:

  • Avoid being around people who are sick. If you are the person who is ill, do everyone a favor and stay home
  • Always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those in high-traffic areas
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent germs from entering your system
  • Should you suspect to have RSV, visit your nearest Altus location, we are always open and here to help you.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour Emergency Room Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Rise in RSV Cases in Children and Adults

CDC WARNING: Rise in RSV Cases in Children and Adults

The CDC has recently issued a warning on the rise in RSV cases in children and adults.  Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus which if left untreated can be deadly.  During the months of June and July 2021, we are witnessing an unusual spike in RSV cases.  Usually, RSV occurs during the winter season.  However, last year as people were social distancing, using PPE and increased health caution overall, there were very few cases.  While, RSV is common in children, due to it’s current widespread trend, we are seeing cases in adults as well.  Get to know more about the rise in RSV cases in children and adults to prevent its spread and know when to go to the emergency room.

What is RSV?

According to the CDC, each year in the US there are 2.1 million outpatient visits among children younger than 5 years old and 58,000 hospitalizations.  RSV is even more dangerous within the population of 65 and older, as each year it is the cause of approximately 14,000 deaths.  While listed as a common respiratory infection, RSV is listed by the CDC as “the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.”

Current RSV Cases in Texas

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has reported a tremendous increase in cases this year in comparison to what they were experiencing a year ago.  As you can see, the numbers speak for themselves within the CDC charts below revealing the total amount of antigen tests, detections, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests.

In order to prevent additional RSV cases in children and adults, get to know how it’s spread, the symptoms, and complications which vary.

How is RSV Spread?

Like most respiratory viruses, RSV is spread by touching an infected surface and by air.  In fact, the virus can survive on hard surfaces for many hours.  The following are some examples of how the RSV virus is transmitted as listed by the CDC:

  • An infected person coughs or sneezes
  • You get virus droplets from a cough or sneeze in your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • You touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands
  • You have direct contact with the virus, like kissing the face of a child with RSV

Once infected with RSV, a healthy individual can remain contagious for 3-8 days.  However, in some cases, “individuals can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.”

Who is at Risk?

Some people are more likely to be at high risk of developing a severe RSV infection.  The following are examples of who could be at a greater risk if infected and may need to be hospitalized (source CDC):

  • Premature infants
  • Young children with congenital (from birth) heart or chronic lung disease
  • Young children with compromised (weakened) immune systems due to a medical condition or medical treatment
  • Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
  • Adults with compromised immune systems
  • Older adults, especially those with underlying heart or lung disease
  • Individuals with chronic health problems
  • Individuals suffering from asthma

RSV Symptoms

It is vital to know how to recognize RSV signs and symptoms.  These tend to show up within 4-6 days and usually appear in stages.  “In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.” Source CDC.   The following are the most common RSV signs and symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing & Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing

Should you or a loved one exhibit any of these RSV symptoms (which do not come all at once), visit your local Altus location to have it evaluated by an ER physician and avoid possible complications.

RSV Complications

As we have indicated, if left untreated, RSV can escalate to dangerous complications.  These tend to vary in children and adults, the following are some of the most common RSV complications:

 

RSV Complications in Infants and Children according to the CDC:

  • Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung)
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)

 

RSV Complications in Adults according to the CDC:

  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
  • More severe symptoms for people with asthma
  • More severe symptoms for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (a chronic disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe)
  • Congestive heart failure (when the heart can’t pump blood and oxygen to the body’s tissues)

 

RSV while common can be deadly particularly in adults and individuals with preexisting medical conditions.  There is no reason to put your own life or others lives at risk.  We offer a free medical screening at all of our four Altus locations.

When to Go to the ER

Should you suspect a case of RSV, we encourage that you get tested to avoid potential dangerous complications.  Please call 911 or visit your nearest Altus location if any of the following occurs:

 

In Children:

  • If your child is lethargic, unresponsiveness
  • It is obvious that they are having difficulty breathing
  • Lips and fingernails turn blue
  • Signs of dehydration
  • High fever
  • Stops breathing for more than 10 seconds.
  • In older children, cannot speak while trying to breathe.

 

In Adults:

  • Persistent fever of 103°F or higher
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Inability to eat/dehydration

 

In the case of adults, we recommend to use your best judgement.  While in young children and infants, they cannot communicate all that they are experiencing, in adults we recommend to follow your gut.  If you feel as if you need emergency medical care do not risk your life.

 

While scientists are working on finding one, currently, there is no vaccine or cure for RSV. The best way to prevent an RSV infection is to look for ways to prevent or better manage severe illness.

 

Prevent the spread of RSV by following the common sense tips:

  • Avoid being around people who are sick. If you are the person who is ill, do everyone a favor and stay home
  • Always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those in high-traffic areas
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent germs from entering your system
  • Should you suspect to have RSV, visit your nearest Altus location, we are always open and here to help you.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour Emergency Room Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Pediatric Emergencies

Pediatric Emergencies

As parents, one of our biggest fears is that one of our kids will suffer an injury or illness that will require a trip to the emergency room. 

But no matter how well we care for our children, accidents happen every day, and it’s comforting to know that the Altus Emergency staff is ready to provide the best care for your child.

Top Reasons Children Visit our ER

Every year around 30 million children under the age of 18 visit the ER. Luckily, close to 97% of patients receive treatment and are released the same day.  

 

Here are the top reasons why children end up in the emergency room:

 

Upper Respiratory Infections

The upper respiratory system involves the nose, throat, and trachea. The most frequent cases we see relate to sinus infections, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. 

 

Lower Respiratory Infections

Lower respiratory infections affect the bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli, which make up the lungs. Two of the most common lower respiratory tract infections in children are pneumonia and bronchitis. If you notice your child is having trouble breathing, don’t delay; rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

 

Ear Infections

Otitis Media is a common infection in children caused by either viruses or bacteria. The infection happens behind the eardrum, so it’s not visible with an external inspection of the ear. 

Fever and ear pain are common signs of otitis media; babies are often unusually fuzzy, especially when lying down when they have an ear infection.

Sprains and Strains

These types of injuries are common among active teens who play sports. Sprains happen when a ligament is torn or overstretched, usually due to a fall or a direct hit to the body. Sprains typically affect the knees, ankles, and wrists.

Strains, on the other hand, are pulls or tears to a muscle or tendon. This type of injury can result from a sudden movement or overuse of a muscle or tendon.

 

Open Wounds to The Extremities

Cuts and lacerations can happen in any part of the body, but they are more frequent in the arms and legs.

Depending on the injured area and the severity of the wound, there may be a great deal of bleeding. Head to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if your child has an injury that won’t stop bleeding or the cut is deep enough to warrant stitches.

 

Fever

You can treat a mild fever at home with age-appropriate fever medications. However, persistent or very high fevers are often indicators of a more severe infection.

Concerns over a fever vary depending on the age of your child

  • Infants under three months: You should visit our ER if their fever reaches 100.4 degrees or if they show any of these signs: trouble breathing, difficulty waking up to feed or not feeding, inconsolable crying, rash, or vomiting.
  • Babies three months to three years: An ER visit is necessary if they have a higher fever over 102.2 degrees, or when the following symptoms accompany their fever: trouble breathing, difficulty waking up, unusually fuzzy or inconsolable, not feeding or eating, not urinating, rash, or they are unable to keep fluids down
  • Children three years and older: A trip to our ER may be necessary if they have a high fever over 102 degrees lasting two or more days, or when any of the following symptoms accompany the fever: abdominal pain, unable to keep fluids down, trouble breathing or swallowing, does not urinate or has a burning sensation while urinating, not eating, rash, stiff neck

 

Bone Fractures

During play, children may fall and break a bone. The bones in the arm tend to suffer the most fractures, but childhood fractures could also happen in other areas, such as the collar bone, leg, foot, and ankle.

Bone fractures are painful and need to be set right by a doctor for them to heal correctly. If you suspect your child may have a broken bone, don’t delay; bring them to our nearest ER for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

When to Take Your Child to the ER

Pediatric emergencies are time-sensitive; the sooner your child gets care, the better their chances of making a full recovery.

Call 911 or bring your child to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of the following symptoms:

 

  • Chocking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Possible poisoning 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Head injury
  • Injury to the neck or spine
  • Seizures 
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) 
  • Severe burn

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we care for your child as if they were our own because we view all our patients like family.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

In Texas we strive to be number one in everything we do, although this is usually a good thing, there are some instances where it is not. In fact, there is one thing we should try to be last in, and that is infant car heatstroke deaths.

Sadly, in the state of Texas, more kids die in hot cars than in any other state in the country according to noheatstroke.org.

The hardest thing to accept about these tragedies is that all these deaths were preventable. We are not trying to place blame on anyone, even the best of parents and caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping child inside a car, causing injuries or death.

What we would like to do, is provide parents and caregivers with facts and tips to help avoid these unfortunate accidents. In May we celebrated National Sun Safety Week, which marks the beginning of summer.  Instead of posting tips to enjoy your time in the sun safely, we would like to dedicate this article to preventing car heatstroke accidents so that all families can enjoy the summer months safely.

Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Did You Know?

  • – Car interiors heat up faster than we think, with temperatures reaching 125°F in minutes.
  • 80% of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes
  • – Cracking the windows does NOT help slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature
  • – It doesn’t have to be scorching hot outside for a child to be in danger inside a vehicle, there have been fatal cases of car heatstroke in temperatures as low as 60°F.
  • A child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body.
Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

What is a Heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a medical emergency condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly and adequately treated. Heatstroke occurs when there is an increase in body temperature, and dehydration often accompanies it.

Symptoms

  • – Body temperature above 104°F and red, hot, dry skin
  • –  There is sign of sweating
  • – A throbbing headache
  • – Rapid, strong pulse
  • – Nausea or vomiting
  • – Confusion
  • – Agitation
  • – Loss of consciousness
Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Safety Tips

According to statistics, more than 55% of car heatstroke cases happen when parents or caregivers unknowingly leave a child in the car. Although parents think this is something that will never happen to them, everyday stresses and unexpected changes in routine can cause a loving parent to forget their child is asleep in the backseat.

 

Follow these safety tips to ensure your child is never left alone in a car:

  • – Train yourself to open the back door of your vehicle whenever you exit it to make sure no one is there, an excellent way to do this is to leave something in the back seat, your purse, your phone, or laptop.
  • – Keep one of your kid’s toys in their car seat and move it to the front of the car to remind yourself your child is with you.
  • – Ask your child’s daycare or school to contact you whenever your child does not arrive on time.

Tips to prevent children from entering cars without you knowing:

  • – Always keep your vehicles locked, even when they are in your driveway or garage.
  • – Don’t leave your keys within reach of children.
  • – If you can’t find your child, check the interior of every car nearby, they may have gone in to play or take a nap.

Image Source: Noheatstroke.org

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

At Altus Emergency Centers, we care about your child’s safety and well-being, being vigilant and extra cautious can save your child from dying from heatstroke. Please keep in mind that all of our Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7, with no lines.

If you are ever in need of emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers.  All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

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