R.S.V. Virus Cases Continue Across the Basin

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - It's a virus that's keeping dozens of West Texas infants in the hospital.

NewsWest 9 told you several weeks ago about the R.S.V. virus, but local doctors say it's just not going away.

It's a virus that infects the lung and breathing passages.

In the past few days, Odessa Regional and Medical Center Hospital have treated seven to nine cases.

Midland doctors tell us, R.S.V. is worse than ever, and many daycares are emptying out because of it.

NewsWest 9 spoke with centers in Midland and Odessa and some have as many as dozens of their children out sick.

If you're a parent, here's what you need to watch out for.

R.S.V. starts with cold-like symptoms, then turns into a serious cough making it difficult for infants to breathe.

The threat is mainly for small children who have chronic respiratory illnesses, heart disease, or who were born pre-maturely.