RSV , which stands for respiratory syncytial virus, is an infection that affects the respiratory tract. Your respiratory tract includes your lungs, nose, and throat. RSV is very contagious, which means it spreads easily from person to person. It's also very common. Most children get RSV by the age of 2. RSV usually causes mild, cold -like symptoms. But the virus may lead to serious breathing problems , especially in young babies, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. RSV testing checks for the virus that causes an RSV infection.
Other names: respiratory syncytial antibody test, RSV rapid detection