How is RSV spread?
The RSV virus is very common and highly contagious. RSV can be spread rapidly in your home, especially if there is more than one child present. RSV can be spread from respiratory secretions such as sneezing or coughing and by coming into close contact with someone that is infected. The virus is also able to survive on hard surfaces and objects (such as countertops, toys, etc.) for a few hours. Infection can also occur when infectious material comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose, and possibly through the inhalation of droplets generated by a sneeze or cough.1,2
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Respiratory Syncytial Virus web page, (accessed 9/4/2008)
2Mozingo,T. A., RSV When It's More Than Just A Cold. Healthy Children, Winter 2008, publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.