The bronchiolitis epidemic has continued to advance in recent days in France despite a shift linked to school holidays, with emergency visits and hospitalizations at levels not seen “in more than 10 years,” health authorities said on Wednesday.
Noting a “continuous increase” in indicators “despite the shift associated with the Toussaint school holiday”, the French public health authority noted that “the number of visits to the emergency room and hospitalizations due to bronchiolitis is very high and at levels higher than those observed in epidemic peak periods.” for more than 10 years.”
The epidemic is generally more pronounced in the regions of the northern half of France, the Public Health Agency adds in its weekly report.
Bronchiolitis, a common and highly contagious one, causes children to have coughing, difficulty breathing, and difficulty breathing.
If it is painful for young parents, then most often it is benign. In some cases, a visit to the emergency room, or even hospitalization, may be required.
A total of 6,891 children under the age of two went to the emergency room for bronchiolitis in mainland France in the week from October 31 to November 6, a weekly increase of 7% – however, much less than the increase in the previous week (+47%) . Some 2,337 children were eventually hospitalized.
The French public health authority noted that “Hospitalization for bronchiolitis accounts for 50% of hospitalizations after an emergency room visit for children under the age of two. By comparison, this percentage was about 40% during peak periods in previous seasons.”
The epidemic has hit children’s emergency services, which are in crisis with unsatisfactory working conditions and staff shortages.
Faced with this crisis and under pressure from caregivers, Health Minister François Browne announced last week new measures to help pediatric services, with a total amount of about 400 million euros.
Then he realized a “worrying situation” in hospitals, linked to the “worrying” epidemic of bronchiolitis.
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