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Rise in RSV levels sparks HPA warning

The levels of activity of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in England and Wales have risen to the level at which GPs should consider prescribing prophylactic antivirals to at-risk children, the Health Protection Agency has warned.

The past few weeks has seen a sharp increase in the number of cases of RSV reported to HPA laboratories, with over 400 cases reported in week 45.

This has lead the agency to recommend prophylactic palivizumab for children under two years of age with chronic lung disease with oxygen dependency and infants under six months of age with severe congenital heart disease.

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