An epidemic of bronchiolitis affects the whole of France

An epidemic of bronchiolitis affects the whole of France

An epidemic of bronchiolitis affects the whole of France
Newborns under 6 weeks of age are particularly susceptible to bronchiolitis. © Stock of Adobe.

Except for Corsica, all regions of France are facing an epidemic of bronchiolitis. Children under the age of two are most affected by this respiratory virus.

Emergency room visit: + 43%

Number Pediatric emergency visits for bronchiolitis per week and increased by 43% ; 41% for hospitalizations. In one week, 4,311 children under the age of 2 were seen in emergency rooms across the country.

Serious risk to toddlers

respiratory bronchiolitis virus can be fatal for toddlers up to 6 weeks. In fact, infection can induce breathing pauses in newborns with danger of sudden death. Fortunately, mortality rate is very low, less than 1%. In most cases, bronchiolitis resolves spontaneously after 5 to 10 days. Sometimes the cough persists for 2-4 weeks.

How is bronchiolitis transmitted?

Virus easily transfers from one person to another through spit, cough and sneezing. The adults and children (over 2 years old) who are carriers of the respiratory virus do not no symptoms or have the common cold. Many people are like that virus carriers unknowingly and pass it on.

A mask to protect your baby

If you have a small mainly at home vulnerable and one of you has cold symptoms, wear a mask to reduce the risk of transmission. Especially since children’s emergency services are always overloaded.

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