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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Doctors are warning parents not to let their guard down as Kentucky and Indiana see an uptick in cases of RSV.

Pediatricians say older infants and toddlers may be at a higher risk for catching the respiratory illness than they usually are. That's because they likely haven't had typical levels of exposure to the virus since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

One Indiana doctor said she believes the increase in cases is tied to the loosening of mask restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV causes mild cold-like symptoms. While most kids recover in a matter of weeks, it can be serious, particularly for infants and older adults.

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