OKC researchers study cold virus that threatens infantsPublished: Thursday, November 22, 2018 By: Meg Wingerter Source: NewsOK
A virus that typically causes mild cold-like symptoms might seem like an odd target for researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, but this foe is more dangerous than it might seem.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is an annoyance for healthy adults, but it can cause pneumonia in infants or older people. Each year, about 58,000 children younger than 5 and 177,000 adults older than 65 are hospitalized as a result of RSV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 14,000 older adults die from it annually.
Researchers in Oklahoma City are trying to better understand why the virus is particularly dangerous to some people, and to develop a workable vaccine.