RSV cases are on the rise in northwest Missouri.

Dr. Jamie Ball, with Mosaic Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, said there likely would be more cases reported if more patients underwent a swab. And, even then, there are a lot of viruses out there.

“RSV is kind of like the mean kid in high school; everybody knows about RSV,” Ball told Missourinet affiliate KFEQ in St. Joseph. “But there are tons of other viruses that do the exact same thing. Just because I swab them for RSV and they’re negative, there’s adenovirus, there’s Rhinovirus, there’s para flu. There’s all these other viruses that do a lot of the exact same things as RSV. It’s just RSV is the one that everybody knows about.”

Mosaic has hospitals in St. Joseph, Maryville, and Albany with clinics throughout a 19-county region.
It treated 13 cases throughout its northwest Missouri system on the week of November 19th. That rose to 25 the next week and 38 the week of December 3rd. Ball said these viruses seem to pack a punch.

“I feel like in the last couple of years, we’ve seen strains of it that have been stronger. They hit harder than what we’re used to,” she said. “For a couple of years there, we had COVID where everybody was locked away. And so, we didn’t have it for a while. Then everybody came back out and resumed their normal lives and then we had these viruses again.”

Ball advises everyone to practice personal hygiene, especially frequent hand washing. She also said those who are sick need to stay home, so they don’t spread germs.

“A lot of it goes back to the good old hygiene — hand hygiene and washing your hands and those things that mom and dad and grandparents (told) us since we were little,” Ball said. “But then we tend to not (wash) our hands, not doing those basic things to keep germs from spreading.”

Ball said parents shouldn’t hesitate to keep their children away from those, even relatives, who show signs of sickness, such as a runny nose or persistent cough.

By Brent Martin of Missourinet affiliate KFEQ in St. Joseph.

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