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People are being urged to take precautions against RSV amid a rise in cases

Annie Spratt
RSV cases are spiking and people are being asked to be cautious over the Thanksgiving holiday

There's a spike in cases of the respiratory virus in Santa Barbara.

RSV is a common cause of respiratory infections in people of all ages, but younger infants and adults over 65 are at more serious risk.

"Children less than six months old tend to get particularly hard," Pediatric Infectious Disease expert Dr. Jenna Holmen at Cottage Health in Santa Barbara told KCLU, and she says they have seen a significant rise in cases.

"This year has been a banner year compared to all pre-COVID years as well. Not only a lot of cases but they've been a lot more severe," she said.

"This week it's particularly important as we have such close contact with family, including with young children and older adults," Holmen added.

Children with RSV don’t necessarily need to see a doctor but if they’re struggling to breathe, they should be taken immediately to a doctor or emergency department.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.