Bronchiolitis epidemic: 50 children hospitalized in Occitania, new cases everywhere in France

Bronchiolitis epidemic: 50 children hospitalized in Occitania, new cases everywhere in France

Of the 1,400 children who were hospitalized in the pediatric emergency last week, 1,325 were under the age of 1.
This applies to all regions except Corsica.

The figures from Public Health France (SPF) are unequivocal: the epidemic of bronchiolitis (an acute and contagious viral infection that affects the bronchioles or small bronchi) has spread widely throughout the country.

An epidemic that affects especially infants, in a context marked by a crisis of children’s emergencies.

While bronchiolitis is highly contagious and causes children to cough and have trouble breathing, the infection is usually mild. However, it may occasionally require an emergency room visit or even hospitalization.

41% increase in hospitalizations

According to the SPF, last week from October 17 to 23, 2022, 4,311 children under the age of 2 were admitted to the emergency department for bronchiolitis. 3,938, or 91%, were under 1 year of age and 1,405 (33%) were hospitalized.

Of the 1,405 hospitalized children, 1,325 (94%) were under 1 year of age. This represents a spectacular 41% increase in hospitalizations from last week. And great fear in pediatric services, which are finding it increasingly difficult to cope.

50 hospitalizations in Occitania

The Occitanie region is not spared. In hospital medicine, there were 161 passages for this diagnosis compared to 127 passages in the previous week. 50 hospitalizations, i.e. a hospitalization rate of 31.1% for this diagnosis and 25.0% of all hospitalizations in this age group.

However, according to virological data from the university hospitals of Nîmes, Montpellier and Toulouse, the circulation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was stable. which does not anticipate the acceleration of the bronchiolitis epidemic.

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