France increasingly affected by seasonal flu. The epidemic has continued to progress in recent days, particularly reaching the Paris region. For his part, that of bronchiolitis continued its decline after peaking in early December, the public health agency said Wednesday.
The main indicators of the flu epidemic (number of doctor consultations, hospitalization, etc.) “were on the rise” last week, ending December 24, according to the weekly report of Public Health France.
Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France now affected
The epidemic, which had spread throughout the eastern part of the country, is now also hitting Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France. As for the regions of France where the epidemic is not yet in full swing, they are already in the so-called “pre-epidemic” phase. Overseas, Guyana and Mayotte remain affected by the epidemic and Guadeloupe is now in the pre-epidemic phase.
The public health agency, however, confirms a decline in the bronchiolitis epidemic, which mainly affects babies. After a peak at the beginning of December, its main indicators decreased “for the third consecutive week”, notes Public Health France, emphasizing however that they remain at a high level, all metropolitan regions remaining affected by the epidemic.
The last major winter epidemic to be monitored weekly, the Covid-19 continues to record a significant wave but it begins to ebb slightly.
In this context of circulation of different viruses and “in addition to vaccination against influenza and Covid-19” among the most vulnerable such as those over 65, Public Health France recalls the “paramount” importance of adopting ” barrier gestures by all” in particular “wearing a mask in the event of symptoms, in busy places and in the presence of vulnerable people”, recalls Public Health France.