The Show on KJZZ

Listen live weekdays at 9 a.m.

Arizona health officials are worried about a possible 'tripledemic' of viruses in kids

Published: Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 3:39pm
Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 11:09am
Audio icon Download mp3 (6.83 MB)

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting an uptick in the amount of cases of respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.

Current case reports are up about 4.5 times this year vs the last five seasons.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital pediatrician Dr. Gary Kirkilas said they have seen a lot of patients in the last several weeks.

“Pre-pandemic we would look at expecting a surge in mid-December, however the past several years we’re seeing these earlier stages. That’s a little bit unusual,” said Kirkilas.

Kirkilas said the virus is often the cause of a common cold, which can affect bronchial tubes and cause breathing difficulty in young children, especially those under 2 years old.

Health officials are also bracing for the possibility of a “tripledemic” where children would face RSV, COVID-19 and the flu as temperatures begin to drop.

Kirkilas joined The Show to talk more about vaccines and what the early virus season means for Arizona kids.

More stories from KJZZ

Coronavirus Science The Show Health + Medicine
Hear Dr. Gary Kirkilas on the possible 'tripledemic' with host Lauren Gilger on The Show