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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# rsv

This month
January 2023
# flu season
Ireland has passed the peak of this year’s 'severe' flu season, according to the CMO
Flu cases have decreased by 48% in the past week.
# Trolley crisis
HSE boss: Flu, RSV and Covid figures at levels above Govt's 'most pessimistic modelling' for winter
Planning for next winter to begin early when health system is ‘over the worst’, says Stephen Mulvaney.
Health bosses will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
Covid, RSV and influenza continue to place significant pressure on GPs and hospitals.
HSE interim CEO to tell TDs that health service staff "do not believe this is acceptable".
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Consultants warn of stark impacts for patients due to 'avoidable delays' in health system
# Respiratory viruses
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth has urged the public to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places.
# winter surge
Surge in viruses seen in the Mid-West as some people contract more than one virus
Public Health Mid-West said it has seen a “noticeable increase” in adults.
# winter surge
Over 200 medicines unavailable in Ireland, including cough syrups and soluble painkillers
There is a major shortage of over-the-counter treatments for respiratory illnesses and bacterial infections.
# winter surge
Immunologist says stronger advice on mask-wearing needed amid surge in respiratory viruses
Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that the Government “missed a trick” in not issuing stronger advice sooner.
# winter surge
CMO warns parents to keep sick kids at home while consultant says patients 'at risk' due to trolley crisis
A consultant in emergency medicine has warned of the impact of the pressures facing the healthcare system.
Last month
December 2022
Voices
Opinion: How conspiracy communities are using predictable tactics to spread falsehoods about RSV
Aoife Gallagher and Clara Martiny explain how online communities have turned to a new winter virus.
# rsv
Leading GP: 'We are seeing huge rise in RSV - it's more of a concern than Strep A'
Dr Duffy said ‘hospitals are seeing more admissions with RSV and are seeing younger kids who are sicker with it’.
RSV usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms but can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.
Dr Illona Duffy says 'we're definitely seeing a rise in RSV'.
Dr Duffy added that there is a 'big concern' about a 'shortage of antibiotics'.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is RSV and why are so many children sick with it?
Parent Paul Murphy, whose son is being treated in hospital for RSV, and Dr Niamh Lynch explain more in this week’s podcast episode.
Last year
2022
# rsv
Parent of child transferred to Sweden for emergency RSV treatment calls for stronger virus messaging
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says recent RSV figures are ‘substantially’ higher than other years.
# rsv
Last week saw the highest number of cases of RSV Ireland has ever recorded in one week
There were 648 RSV cases, including 282 hospital inpatients with RSV, recorded last week.
# Respiratory Syncytial virus
Children's emergency departments experiencing 'significant rise' in respiratory virus illness
The health minister says a rise in RSV cases tends to occur at this time each year.
All time
# winter flu season
Three confirmed cases of the flu last week
No flu hospitalised or critical-care cases were notified during the past six weeks.
# rsv
Long delays at children's emergency departments due to 'dramatic' spike in viral infections
The three children’s hospitals in Dublin have asked families to go to GPs where possible.