BACKGROUND INFO ON RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS (RSV):
RSV is a very common virus infection that often resembles the common cold with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing, and low-grade fever. However, symptoms indicative of more severe RSV infections may include difficulty or rapid breathing, wheezing, irritability and restlessness, and poor appetite.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a prevalent cause of respiratory tract infection, especially in young children. RSV is a member of the Paramyxoviridae family of viruses. There are two types of RSV, type A, and B; there are also many strains. RSV has an RNA genome that encodes 10 viral proteins.
The virus has a lipid envelope containing viral glycoproteins involved in the entry of the virus into cells and the fusion of the viral envelope with cell membranes. Much of the pathology caused by RSV is related to damage to the lining of the small airways of the respiratory tract