Early birth linked to higher risk of RSV infection

05/6/2009 | Yahoo!

Kaiser Permanente researchers reported babies born even a little early have a higher chance of developing respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. A study of more than 100,000 babies found those delivered a week early had a 37% higher risk of RSV than full-term infants and those born at weeks 34 to 36 had a 70% higher risk. Infants given supplemental oxygen shortly after birth had a 50% to 120% higher chance of developing a medically attended RSV infection during their first year of life.

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