Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Although it can affect anyone, RSV is generally considered as the most frequent cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. Each year about 125,000 infants are hospitalized with RSV in the United States. For more information on this infection, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/rsv/.
During the 2012-2013 season there were 35 labs around the state reporting data weekly to the CDC either directly via an online reporting system called NREVSS, or via an agreement to share data from a private RSV epidemiology program with IMS Health, previously known as SDI, funded by MedImmune. On September 1, 2013, IMS Health and the CDC NREVSS ended their data sharing agreement – potentially jeopardizing the quality of data that is available for tracking RSV patterns.
TPS is encouraging those sites reporting to IMS Health to begin reporting directly to NREVSS so that the information used to inform RSV prevention practices in Texas is maintained. This data is reported weekly from CDC staff to the Texas Department of State Health Services and made available to the public. These are reviewed by the TPS RSV Task Force every 2 weeks during the winter respiratory viral season. Third party payers and state Medicaid administrators have asked for guidance from TPS in the hope of providing RSV prophylaxis to patients in our state in a reasonable fashion. The quality of the data to describe RSV epidemiology has improved over the last 11 years as the number of seasons with both statewide and regional data growth. There is now adequate data to try to describe regional variations in the RSV season in Texas, and we hope to maintain this level of incoming information in order to make the best predictions for prophylaxis – and provide the best protection possible for our children.
Registering and reporting through NREVSS is simple - just go to http://wwwn.cdc.gov/nrevss/register/lab.aspx for complete details!
Please direct questions or suggestions to Donald Murphey, MD, Dell Children’s Medical Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-628-1820, or Rachel Jew, Texas Pediatric Society, email@example.com, 512-370-1516.