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Outbreak of RSV: 7 children in Wellington ICU

The Wellington Hospital ICU has seven children with RSV.Photo / Mark Mitchell

Outbreaks of respiratory illness continue to dominate the capital, with 33 children suffering from RSV and respiratory illness at Wellington District Hospital on Wednesday.

Seven of these numbers are in the ICU.

Updated figures were provided by Capital & Coast and Hat Valley DHB on Wednesday morning. These DHBs continue to increase in the number of people with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The Hat Hospital has 18 children with RSV or respiratory illness, but the ICU has no children.

The Health Commission also said that it often sees many adults hospitalized for respiratory illnesses, in addition to the underlying differences in health needs.

The two DHBs continued to limit visits at both Wellington Regional Hospital and Hat Valley Hospital, requiring children under the age of 12 not to visit unless there was a clear medical need.

As a result of this outbreak, the two DHBs have restricted visits to protect vulnerable patients.

The Wellington Hospital NICU is open to parents and caregivers only, and wards 1 and 2 do not allow anyone under the age of 16. Only two people can support ED patients.

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in ED, Childbirth and Maternity Wards, Districts 4 and 5, or Acute Frailty Units.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the children’s ward at Hat Hospital. In addition, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to give birth or give birth to ED or SCBU.

What is RSV?

• Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract.

• It is very common for most children to become infected with the virus by the age of two, but adults can also be infected.

• Symptoms are usually mild and usually mimic the common cold, but cause severe infections, especially in premature babies, the elderly, or infants with a weakened immune system.

Outbreak of RSV: 7 children in Wellington ICU

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