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