Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Albertha M Boshoff | 2012-02-29

Q.

RSV Virus

Dear Dr. Please can you help my. My nephew is 18 months old. Since he was very little he has been suffering with the ear/nose/throught  colds and flues and bronchitus. He was admitted in hospital yesterday and tests came back this morning saying it''s RSV virus.

My brother and his wife has got a fairly big bird cage in their flat. Now, to give you just a clear picture, you would get the kitchen/dining/babyroom - all open plan. now the bird cage is standing in the dining room which means is between the baby room and the kitchen. They have three birds in there, one I know is a lovebird and another a parrot, but i''m not sure about the third. We have been fighting with them to take the birds out of there, but they refuse.

Can these birds cause my nephew''s sickness?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little nephew's recnt RSV infection is not due to the birds, but he probably became infected with this common respiratory virus at a creche or from another young child. His problem of repeated coughs and colds is probably also related to being in the company of other children at a creche. This is not to say that I think it is healthy for a child to be so close to a parrot and other birds. Parrots in particular can transmit a type of pneumonia caused by a bacteria found in the bird's droppings to people who are close by,but not the RSV virus.

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