Monday, January 17

Health. Flu begins to threaten, bronchiolitis spreads

It is not only the Covid-19 which circulates in France.

The metropolis is beginning to be threatened by an influenza epidemic in the southwest, while bronchiolitis continues to spread in all regions, health authorities said on Wednesday.

The number of influenza cases, like that of hospitalizations, recorded its third consecutive weekly increase in metropolitan France last week, bringing the Occitanie region into the pre-epidemic phase, summarizes in its bulletin the Public Health France agency.

It is the first metropolitan region to pass in this category, Réunion being already in this case and Mayotte fully hit by the epidemic.

French people less infected … and less immune

Last winter, confinements and anti-Covid barrier gestures helped block all viruses, including influenza.

The French have been less infected than usual and are therefore less immunized collectively, which raises fears of a stronger epidemic this year, as well as for other diseases such as gastroenteritis.

More than 5,000 children hospitalized

This phenomenon has already been at work for weeks with bronchiolitis, a disease that mainly strikes babies.

Common and highly contagious, it causes coughing and difficult, rapid, wheezing and wheezing. Most of the time benign, it may however require a visit to the emergency room, or even hospitalization.

Since November, the bronchiolitis epidemic has hit all regions of the metropolitan area, where it is currently continuing “at a high level”. Reunion and Guadeloupe are now added.

In mainland France, last week, “among the 5,577 children under 2 years of age seen in the emergency room for bronchiolitis (…), 5,077 (91%) were under one year old and 2015 (36%) were been hospitalized, ”explains the agency. Of these, “1,893 (94%) were under one year of age,” she says.

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