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Lung Virus Taking Its Toll on Young Lives, Study Finds

A common virus that causes wheezing and pneumonia claims the lives of up to two hundred thousand children worldwide each year, a study has found.

The research, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, also showed that about 3.4 million children require hospital treatment for severe lung infection caused by the bug -- respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

RSV -- which infects most children before the age of two -- usually causes mild cold-like symptoms, but can lead to serious illness in babies who are born prematurely or who have congenital heart disease.

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