People who are affected by respiratory syncytial virus are mostly small children, but also adults can get sick. The symptoms can be harmless and resemble a simple cold. Severe courses can be fatal. However, the disease heals itself within a few days in most cases.
The term RS virus (or RSV) stands for the English term respiratory syncytial virus: it is a virus that leads to the fusion of cells (syncytia) in the respiratory tract. The pathogen resembles the flu virus and occurs worldwide.
A seasonal accumulation of outbreaks can be observed: In Europe, most people develop the respiratory syncytial virus between November and April, most often in January and February.