Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV)
RSV Surveillance Has Begun
In Idaho, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) surveillance efforts officially began the week ending November 5, 2016.
The beginning of the RSV season, or season onset, is adapted from the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS). RSV season onset occurs in the first of two consecutive weeks during which the reported total percentage of specimens testing positive for antigen is ≥10%.
Numbers have begun to increase very slightly with most activity being isolated to local regions. RSV activity usually occurs at a low level in the summer and early fall months and then begins to rise sharply in late fall. We will continue to gather surveillance data and provide weekly updates once the season has begun as well as throughout its duration.
We wish to thank all the participating laboratories for their contributions during this RSV season.