SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)- Doctors in western Massahusetts are seeing cases of RSV earlier than normal.

RSV is a respiratory virus that can cause both Bronchitis and Pneumonia.

Doctors say it's a common in the fall and winter, and most cases are reported in children and the elderly.

"If their child is having more effort to breathe, increased respiratory rate, a lot of coughing and secretions, they should call their pediatrician," said Donna Fisher, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baystate Children's Hospital.

Doctors are warning parents and caretakers to keep en eye out for symptoms of heavy breathing and prolonged coughing.

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