Nine dead after becoming infected with RSV

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Aug 2021, 3:29PM

Nine dead after becoming infected with RSV

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Aug 2021, 3:29PM

Hundreds of people are still turning up at hospitals around the country with a nasty respiratory virus, but it's gradually decreasing.

The number of people admitted to New Zealand's main six hospitals spiked to 951, in the week ending July 18.

Nine people in New Zealand have died after becoming infected with RSV this winter.

Auckland District Health Board says six patients with the respiratory virus have died, but the virus may not be the cause of death.

And a 63-year-old North Shore woman died at home with RSV after being discharged from North Shore Hospital.

Capital and Coast DHB reports one adult death related to the virus, but says no children in its intensive care units have died.

Canterbury District Health Board says one patient's died with an RSV-related complication and pre-existing conditions.

ESR public health doctor, Sarah Jefferies, says the prevalence of RSV is probably due to lower population immunity, because of New Zealand's Covid-19 isolation last year.