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Researchers highlight fatal children's respiratory disease

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Up to 200,000 children under five around the world could be dying each year from acute lower-respiratory tract infections caused by the respiratory syncytial virus, according to Edinburgh researchers.

The data clearly establish RSV as a major cause of death in this age group and new treatment strategies are needed to reduce this burden, they say online in the Lancet.

The researchers reviewed ten studies. They said: “Globally, RSV is the most common cause of childhood ALRI and a major cause of admission to hospital as a result of severe ALRI.”

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