This virus has already killed six Costa Rican children and 8 more are in critical condition.
Doctors at the Hospital Nacional de Niños (HNN) do everything they can to save children’s lives, but you can do more to stop syncytial virus’ dangerous and aggressive advance.
How can you do it? Just take extreme hygiene measures inside and outside your home, because this virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, or by touching your eyes, nose or mouth after being in contact with contaminated areas.
Doctors were clear: there is no vaccine to prevent the effects of RSV. This virus is not new, but its effects are more severe this year.
Before this outbreak, the virus sent more than 200 children to the hospital. HNN deputy director, Carlos Jiménez, recommends:
-Extreme handwashing. Use plenty of water and liquid, antibacterial soap.
-Wash and cook your food and keep your kitchen clean.
-Teach your children to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing.
-All children under one year old should receive breast milk, as it strengthens their defenses.
-Keep your children under two years old away from parties and mass activities.
-Keep your children away from cigarette and vehicles’ smoke.
Medical authorities intensified the surveillance of respiratory infections and increased preventive measures to avoid further infections. The HNN keeps its current policy: emergency service only for children with critical conditions.