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RSV Testing

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Formal name: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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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

Sample Required?

Usually a nasal aspirate or nasal wash; occasionally a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab

Test Preparation Needed?