The bronchiolitis epidemic strikes early and hard this year in France, to the point that Public Health France underlined this Wednesday, November 9 “number of visits to the emergency room and very high hospitalizations and at levels higher than those observed at epidemic peaks for more than 10 years”. To follow the spread of the disease, here is a map of France department by department.
At the origin of a record number of hospitalizations “for more than ten years”, which is fueling the crisis in pediatrics, the bronchiolitis epidemic strikes early and hard this year in France, as in other countries, pushing the government trigger a national emergency plan for exceptional health situations.
Noting a “continued increase” in epidemic indicators “despite a shift” linked to the All Saints holidays, Public Health France underlined this Wednesday, November 9 “number of emergency visits and very high hospitalizations for bronchiolitis and levels higher than those observed at epidemic peaks for more than 10 years”.
As shown on this map, the whole metropolis is affected, the northern part more strongly.
According to figures from Public Health France, 9 departments exceeded the threshold of 3,000 cases of bronchiolitis on Tuesday among 10,000 emergency visits. These are Tarn-et-Garonne, Gironde, Indre, Ain, Loire-Atlantique, Essonne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Somme and Pas -de-Calais.
“Difficult” to determine the peak
“Before the Covid-19 pandemic, bronchiolitis epidemics were known for their great regularity, with a peak systematically reached around the 50th week of the year. The pandemic has upset this relative balance”, explains to AFP Pascal Crépey, epidemiologist at the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health in Rennes.
After a weaker circulation of the main virus causing bronchiolitis in 2020, the 2021 epidemic started in early October in France, in a context of end of confinements. “The 2022 epidemic seems to be shaping up like that of last year for its start, but it is still difficult” to determine if the peak is approaching, according to Pascal Crépey. On the Public Health France side, epidemiologist Sophie Vaux “expects it to continue to rise” and does not exclude that “the weekly rhythm goes up once the effect of the holidays has faded”.