The flu epidemic is accelerating in France, and the bronchiolitis epidemic continues

The influenza epidemic continues to accelerate in France, reaching the Paris region in particular, and the epidemic of bronchiolitis, which mainly affects children, continues, according to the weekly report of the French Public Health Agency.

On Wednesday, the agency said that Christmas week saw “another increase in influenza indicators, especially among children.”

Ile-de-France is now in an epidemic stage and thus joins Occitanie, the first urban area to cross this threshold in the previous week. In the Overseas Territories, this is the case for Mayotte and Reunion.

A large number of regions are in the initial stage, that is, the pre-pandemic stage, such as Brittany and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, among others. Normandy and Burgundy-Franch-Comte are still spared.

Last winter, confinement and Covid barrier gestures helped prevent all viruses, including the flu.

The French were less infected than usual and therefore less collectively immunized, which raises fears of an even stronger epidemic this year, as well as of other diseases such as gastroenteritis.

This was the case several weeks ago with bronchiolitis, a disease that mainly affects children.

Common and highly contagious causing coughing, hard, rapid, wheezing and wheezing. Most of the time, it may require an emergency room visit or even hospitalization.

Last week, all metropolitan areas were still suffering from this epidemic, a situation that has been going on since early November.

However, there has been a “reduction in emergency room visits (and) hospitalizations”, as the Public Health France website notes. A total of 3,824 children under the age of two went to the emergency room with bronchiolitis last week, and a large third of them were hospitalized.

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