Lancaster County health department sees ‘significant’ increase in RSV cases

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported Monday that it has seen a “significant” increase in respiratory syncytial virus locally.

Officials said this increase is in part due to outbreaks in at least 13 local child care facilities.

RSV, which typically causes coldlike symptoms, can be serious for infants and older adults, the health department said.

Health Director Pat Lopez said RSV, along with COVID-19 and flu cases, can create a strain for the local health care system.

“While there is no vaccine for RSV, there are safe and effective vaccines to help prevent COVID-19 and flu,” Lopez said in a press release. “I urge residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and get their annual flu vaccine now to protect themselves and their families and help preserve hospital capacity.”

The health department reported only 26 RSV cases in August and another 65 in September.

In October, cases spiked to 238.

To learn more about RSV, click here.

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