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RSV Testing

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Formal name: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether an infant, an elderly person, or an immunocompromised person has respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); to help determine whether or not RSV season has started in your community

When to Get Tested?

When it is RSV season (late fall through early spring) and your doctor wants to determine whether your runny nose, congestion, coughing and/or difficulty breathing are due to RSV or to other causes

Sample Required?

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

Test Preparation Needed?