GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)–This is the first RSV outbreak in Mesa County–which means two or more children at the facility fell ill in less than a week. RSV is a common respiratory virus, and in most people—like adults and older children, it usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.

Children 0-2 are at the highest risk.  That’s why Mesa County Public Health working closely with all licensed childcare providers–to ensure the outbreaks are minimal. They are also providing guidance on disease control–like cleaning protocols by working closely with nursing consultants to ensure measures to protect children at childcare facilities are implemented.

It isn’t just childcare facilities who should be conscious about the spike in RSV cases. The holidays are right around the corner, and families are spending more time inside–allowing the virus to spread more effectively. That’s why it’s so important to think about those prevention methods, especially washing your hands often, and staying home when you’re sick.

Stay vigilant–especially if you are around young children, or people with weakened immune systems. You never know what effect the virus will have on them.