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DHB are warning that Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is affecting children in schools and ECE services.


Symptoms include audible wheezing, fast laboured breathing, ribs suck inwards, lethargy, persistent cough, does not recover in 2 or 3 days. It can turn into pneumonia or bronchiolitis and require hospital care or intensive care.

Its contagious for 3 to 8 days so please keep sick children home. Keep children warm in smoke free environment. Contact medical support if child is not recovering or ph Healthline 0800 611 116 for advice.

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