The virus continues to spread
Now, the whole of metropolitan France is hit by the epidemic. Spared until now, the island begins to be feverish.
Only the Meeting is now cleared, according to the latest bulletin from public Health France.. In consultation of general medicine, cases of influenza-like illness have been estimated to 349 cases per 100,000 population, “or 227.
.000 new cases, a significant increase compared to the previous week. ” In addition, 15% of visits by SOS Doctors have had to reason a influenza-like illness. The most affected areas are the Ile-de-France (510 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’azur (495) and Britain (432). Two times more hospitalisationsLes hospital admissions are multiplying also.
In the week from 18 to 24 December, “6213 passages to the urgencies for influenza-like illness have been reported,” compared with more than 3,200 from the previous week.
“The hospitalizations for influenza affect primarily the elderly (14% are between 65-74 years of age and 33% are aged 75 years or more) and children under 5 years of age (22%),” according to the health agency. Since 1 November, 92 people were admitted to intensive care units, and 18 of them died.
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“The number of appeals to emergency rooms for influenza-like illness is very high, higher than the one observed at the peak of the epidemic last year”, writes in a press release, the AP-HP. The institution therefore wishes to continue to organise the reception of patients after the long weekend of Christmas, anticipating a new peak of activity likely during the weekend of the New Year. The parisian hospitals renforcésLe level 2 of this plan provides for the establishment of crisis cells at the level of the 12 hospital groups and of the general direction of the AP-HP, the deprogramming of some activities that are less urgent, the grouping of patients with respiratory infections or the opening of additional beds. “As it is usually the case at this time, a little over 80% of beds medical, surgical and obstetrics are open at the AP-HP this week,” says the institution.
And re-openings of beds “are provided for the week of January 1 (90%) and the week of January 8, with the end of the school holidays (nearly 100%)”. ” READ ALSO – Flu epidemic of 2017 has started early and strong, For its part, Public Health France recalls that “remains the best protection” to avoid the flu. The agency gives, moreover, a few tips for limiting the transmission of the disease: wash hands frequently, limit contact with sick people, and to break the slot every day, and wear a mask when we present an influenza-like illness.