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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection; to help determine whether or not RSV is circulating in your community
When to Get Tested?
When it is RSV season (late fall through early spring in the U.S.) and an infant, an elderly person, or a person with a weakened immune system has a moderate to severe respiratory infection and symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, coughing and/or difficulty breathing
Usually a nasal aspirate or nasal wash; occasionally a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
Test Preparation Needed?