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MAP. Bronchiolitis: here is the situation of the epidemic department by department

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The bronchiolitis epidemic hits early and hard this year in France, to the point that Public Health France emphasized on Wednesday, November 9, “number of visits to the emergency room and very high hospitalizations and at levels higher than those observed at the time of the epidemic peaks for more than 10 years”. To follow the spread of the disease, here is a map of France department by department.

With a record number of hospitalizations “for more than ten years” fueling the crisis in pediatrics, the bronchiolitis epidemic is hitting early and hard this year in France, as in other countries, pushing the government to trigger a national emergency plan to extraordinary health situations.

Public Health France noted a “continued increase” in epidemic indicators “despite a shift” in connection with the All Saints’ Day holiday, and on Wednesday, November 9, underlined “the number of emergency visits and very high hospitalizations for bronchiolitis and levels higher than those observed at the peaks of the epidemic. for more than 10 years”.

As shown on this map, the entire metropolis is affected, the northern part more heavily.

According to figures from Public Health France9 departments exceeded the threshold of 3,000 cases of bronchiolitis on Tuesday among 10,000 emergency visits. These are Tarn-et-Garonne, Gironde, Indre, Ain, Loire-Atlantique, Essonne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Somme and Pas-de-Calais.

“Difficult” to determine the peak

“Before the Covid-19 pandemic, bronchiolitis epidemics were known for their great regularity, with a peak systematically reached around the 50th week of the year. The pandemic has disturbed this relative balance”, explains Pascal Crépey, epidemiologist at the School of School, AFP. Advanced studies in public health in Rennes.

After a weaker circulation of the main virus that caused bronchiolitis in 2020, the 2021 epidemic started at the beginning of October in France, in a context of the end of imprisonment. “The 2022 epidemic seems to be shaping up like last year for its start, but it is still difficult” to determine whether the peak is approaching, according to Pascal Crépey. On the French public health site, epidemiologist Sophie Vaux expects it to continue to rise and does not rule out that “the weekly rhythm increases once the impact of the holiday has faded”.

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