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Children’s hospitals across Canada are reporting an increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common respiratory virus and major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Although serious infections most commonly occur in infants and toddlers, RSV infections contribute to morbidity caused by acute upper and lower respiratory tract infections among older children and adults. 

The Ask a Librarian team is committed to curating evidence-based resources on emerging health topics. Here are some librarian-selected resources from a variety of tools offered with CMA memberships or freely available online.

Clinical summaries

ClinicalKey – Clinical Overview: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (login required - CMA members only – search “RSV” and the clinical overview is the first result)

DynaMed - Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in Infants and Children and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in Adults (login required – CMA members only – search “RSV”)

Family Practice Notebook – Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Merck Manual Professional Edition – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Human Metapneumovirus Infections - Pediatrics

Guidelines and other information


Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines on Respiratory Syncytial Virus – CPG Infobase

Canadian Paedatric Society – Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Preparing for the 2022-23 season in the wake of COVID-19 - Jesse Papenburg MD MSc FRCPC. Grand rounds.  2022 Sept 15.

Health Canada – Pathogen Safety Data Sheets: Infectious Substances – Respiratory syncytial virus

Public Health Agency of Canada – Respiratory Virus Detections in Canada – Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System collects data from select laboratories across Canada on the number of tests performed and the number of tests positive for influenza and other respiratory viruses.

Public Health Agency of Canada – Overview of the respiratory syncytial virus vaccine candidate pipeline in Canada

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) – Disease Debrief: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)


Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) (University of Minnesota) – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) | CIDRAP (

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDC

UK Health Security Agency – Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV): symptoms, transmission, prevention, treatment

World Health Organization – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) disease

Book chapters

ClinicalKey (login required - CMA members only - includes 1,000+ textbooks, 600 full-text journals, images, videos and customizable patient handouts across 30+ medical specialties)

Open access:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection - StatPearls - NCBI Bookshelf ( By Hanish Jain; John W. Schweitzer; Nathaniel A. Justice. 2022 June 21. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–.PMID: 34662033

Evidence reviews

CADTH – Rapid Response – In Brief: Palivizumab for Infection Prevention in Inuit Infants: A Review

CADTH – Health Technology Review - Palivizumab For Infection Prevention in Inuit Infants: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness

Articles and article collections:

Patient information

Breathe – the Lung Association – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Canadian Paediatric Society – Caring for kids -  RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – RSV in Infants and Young Children – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) - RSV Symptoms

HealthLink BC – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection

MedlinePlus – Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections | RSV

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

UpToDate – Patient education: Bronchiolitis and RSV in infants and children (Beyond the Basics)

Social media, news and other sources

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This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The opinions stated by the authors are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiaries including Joule.

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