November 1, 2022
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) has become the dominant infection among children with respiratory viruses, for which a spike has been observed having begun in the spring of 2022. As reported in the September 31, 2022 edition of The Star-Ledger, the spike began with enterovirus and rhinovirus, and has now switched over to primarily RSV.
During this period of increased infections, physicians have reported a much higher rate than is normal for the month of October of children's visits to hospitals, urgent care centers, and pediatricians' offices throughout the state.
Dr. Gary Kohn, a pediatric pulmonology specialist at Summit Health's Florham Park location, was quoted saying, "My volume of visits are probably up 30 to 35% specific to respiratory viruses." He continued, "The virus activity has shafted a little bit more to a predominance of RSV."
According to the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), daily pediatric hospital admissions in the state currently hover around 400 to 500. Kerry McKean, a spokeswoman for NJHA, was quoted saying, "A lot of these elevated cases are largely linked to those respiratory illnesses . . . so some COVID, some influenza, some RSV and also asthma."
While the increase in cases is noteworthy, no hospitals have reached or exceeded capacity due to the number of respiratory infections.
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