WISCONSIN — A child has died from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

It was the first pediatric RSV-related death in the state this season.

“It is with great sadness that DHS reports the first death of a child from RSV in Wisconsin this season,” said Wisconsin DHS respiratory diseases epidemiologist Tom Haupt. “Respiratory illness cases are on the rise throughout the state, and it is important to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially before the holidays. Respiratory disease vaccines are safe and effective, and we urge all eligible Wisconsinites to get their shots as soon as possible. Taking steps to prevent respiratory illnesses helps keep us all healthy and can prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death during respiratory illness season.”

A spokesperson said that child lived in southeastern Wisconsin.

A spokesperson also said the department learned of a second pediatric, RSV-related death on Friday. This child lived in the northeastern part of the state.

Many children are hospitalized with respiratory illnesses, Wisconsin DHS confirmed.

Wisconsin DHS said influenza, RSV and COVID-19 are all actively circulating in the state. The department urged everyone, especially children, older adults, and people who are pregnant, to get vaccinated.


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