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It’s time again for bronchiolitis, which usually comes in winter through spring. In some ways this problem is similar to asthma, but in other important ways it is very different. With winter upon us it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with this common entity. There is a reliable seasonal arrival of the virus we call RSV, the chief cause of bronchiolitis. The letters stand for respiratory syncytial virus, a description of what it looks like when it grows in the laboratory.

To scientists, RSV is a fascinating virus with several unique properties. One of these is its behavior in the population. When it’s present, RSV is everywhere. Then it suddenly vanishes. There are exceptions to everything…

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