An Overview of RSV Transmission
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is spread through respiratory secretions, through close contact with infected people, or through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Infection can occur when infectious material comes into contact with mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth, or nose, and possibly through the inhalation of droplets generated by a sneeze or cough.
In mild climates, RSV infections usually occur during annual community outbreaks, which often last four to six months, during the late fall, winter, or early spring months (November through April). The timing and severity of outbreaks in a community vary from year to year. RSV spreads efficiently among children during the annual outbreaks, and most children will have evidence of RSV infection by two years of age.