Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

Find out how we define and monitor cases of RSV infection, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About RSV infection

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that infects the airways and lungs. It is highly contagious and spreads easily. The main treatment for RSV infection is rest and plenty of fluids. Regular handwashing and good personal hygiene can stop RSV from spreading. 

Disease type:
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment 

RSV spreads between people if an infected person produces small water droplets while talking, coughing and sneezing. For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's RSV page

Surveillance and reporting 

RSV infection is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). 

For more on RSV in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.  

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