US News: The influenza epidemic is gaining ground in France, Occitania in epidemic phase

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La grippe provoque une toux et une respiration difficile, rapide et sifflante. Photo d’illustration. © Yelizaveta Tomashevska / Getty Images / iStockPhoto The flu causes a cough and a difficult, fast and wheezing breathing. Photo Stock Illustration.

in parallel with the new Wave of Covid-19, the influenza epidemic gains ground in France. Particularly affected, Occitania is now in an epidemic phase.

The influenza epidemic is gaining ground in France , where a region is now in the epidemic phase and four others in pre-epidemic phase, according to the weekly balance sheet of the France Public Health France.

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For the week of December 13, the Health Agency notes a continuation of the increase in influenza indicators. During the previous week, no region in metropolis was in the epidemic phase.

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now, still in France, the Occitanie region has grown in the epidemic phase. And four regions are in pre-epidemic phase: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Center-Val-de-Loire, New Aquitaine and Ile-de-France.

The flu had been blocked last year

in overseas, the meeting remains in pre-epidemic phase and Mayotte in the epidemic phase. Last winter, containments and anti-Covid barrier gestures have helped block all viruses, including the influenza.

The French have been less infected than usual and are therefore less immunized collectively, which gives fear of a stronger epidemic this year, as well as for other diseases such as gastroenteritis. This is already the case for several weeks for bronchiolitis, a disease that focuses mostly babies.

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current and very contagious, it causes a cough and a difficult, fast and wheezing respiration. Most of the benign time, however, it may require a transition to emergencies, or even hospitalization.

The bronchiolitis always "at a high level"

since November, the epidemic of bronchiolite strikes all the regions of metropolis , where it is currently continuing at a high level according to Public Health France. This is also the case in Guadeloupe. Mayotte is, it, entry in an epidemic phase with earlier circulation of the respiratory virus compared to previous years.

In the metropolis, last week, 4,530 children under two years have moved to the emergency room for bronchiolitis, 91% of whom were under one year old and more than one-third were hospitalized.

Among these 1,675 hospitalized children, more than nine out of ten were under one year old.

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