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The flu begins to threaten in France

Bronchiolitis, meanwhile, continues to spread to all areas

Metropolitan France is beginning to be threatened by an influenza epidemic in the South West, while bronchiolitis continues to spread in all regions, health authorities announced on Wednesday (December 8th).

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 the agency in its bulletin. Public health France. It is the first metropolitan region to pass in this category, Réunion being already in this case and Mayotte fully hit by the epidemic.

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.

Bronchiolitis strikes everywhere

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 less than one year old and 2,015 (36%) were hospitalized, ”the agency explains. Of these, “1,893 (94%) were under one year of age,” she says.

Finally, gastroenteritis side, cases are on the rise in metropolitan France but lower than their usual level at this time of year, according to the Sentinels network which reports data from many general practitioners.

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