RSV linked to kids’ asthma later in life

The increased risk was seen in three groups

Infants who have severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection are at high risk of asthma in later life, a NSW study shows.

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Hospitalisation as a result of RSV before the age of two quadruples the risk of admission for asthma before a child’s third birthday, compared with not having experienced severe RSV, it shows.

The study included nearly 32,000 children admitted with RSV, and 2405 (7.5%) of them were later hospitalised with asthma.

The increased risk of asthma was seen in three groups examined in the study: non-Indigenous children at