A boy from Macomb County, age 6, dies of RSV in a wave of infection

A 6-year-old boy from Macomb County has died from RSV, better known as RSV, the Oakland County chief medical examiner said Wednesday, amid a spike in infection among Michigan children who have nearly full state-wide pediatric hospitals.

The young boy was hospitalized at Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital and died Wednesday at 3:41 am, the Oakland County Medical Bureau said.

“The child was diagnosed in the hospital and survived in the hospital for several hours, I believe, with severe respiratory failure,” said Dr. Ljubisa Dragović, a medical examiner. “He had an RSV infection because it was documented and tested positive in the hospital.”

The boy is one of hundreds of Michigan children who have needed hospital care for the wave of RSV cases that causes the most serious disease in infants and young children, people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly.

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Who is at risk of RSV?

It is a very common respiratory virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms in most people “typical of other respiratory conditions – runny nose, cough, sneezing, fever, all of that,” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, state medical director, told Free Press in a previous interview. “Most people who have RSV infections feel better on their own at home.”


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