HeathcareThe epidemic is still progressing, hospitalizations at the highest...

The epidemic is still progressing, hospitalizations at the highest level for 10 years

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The wave doesn’t stop. Despite a slowdown linked to school holidays, the bronchiolitis epidemic is still progressing in France. Noting a “continued increase” in indicators “despite a shift in connection with the Toussaint school holidays”, Public Health France pointed to “numbers of visits to the emergency room and hospitalizations for bronchiolitis very high and at higher levels to those observed at epidemic peaks for more than 10 years”.

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, i.e. a weekly increase of 7%, much less however than the increase of the previous week (+47 %). Some 2,337 children were eventually hospitalized. “Hospitalizations for bronchiolitis represent 50% of hospitalizations following a visit to the emergency room in children under two years old. In comparison, this percentage was around 40% during the peaks of previous seasons, ”noted Public Health France.

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The epidemic appears generally more marked in the regions of the northern half of France, adds the public health agency in its weekly report. This epidemic has hit pediatric emergency services plunged into a crisis linked to unsatisfactory working conditions and a lack of staff. Faced with this crisis and under pressure from caregivers, the Minister of Health François Braun announced last week new measures to help pediatric services, for a total amount of around 400 million euros.

Source: 20minutes

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