Influenza: the epidemic has spread throughout France

The flu is there and well there: the epidemic has spread to all regions of metropolitan France, said the French public health agency Santé publique.
metropolitan France, said the health agency Santé publique France.

Last week, the epidemic spread to Normandy, until then the last region of metropolitan France to be spared, according to the weekly Bulletin de Santé publique France. The health agency reports an “excess all-cause mortality observed among people aged 15-64 and 85 years or older” during the first two weeks of January. However, she points out that the first estimates of the number of deaths due to influenza will only be available in the coming weeks. It also notes “a significant proportion of influenza in hospitalizations”.

Among the patients who visited the emergency room last week, more than a thousand were hospitalized, nearly 400 more than the previous week, according to the Oscour network. These hospitalizations mainly concern people aged 75 or over (39%) and children under 5 (20%). More generally, the share of hospitalizations for influenza or flu syndrome among hospitalizations was 18/1,000, a “sharp increase” compared to the previous week (11/1,000). Since November 1, 422 serious cases of influenza (92 of which were last week) have been admitted to intensive care. Of these, 33 deaths were recorded, all in adults, particularly among those aged 65 and over (22 out of 33).
In the city, the rate of consultations for influenza syndrome is also “sharply increasing”: it went from 223 per 100,000 inhabitants to 339 per 100,000 last week, according to estimates from the Sentinel surveillance network. The West Indies have moved into a pre-epidemic phase.

According to the Presidium network, 5,609 people are involved in influenza surveillance in the general population via the GrippeNet.fr website. Volunteers “can register at any time (no need to be sick),” he says.
In addition to influenza, France is affected by other classic seasonal epidemics. Gastroenteritis “slightly exceeds the epidemic threshold for the third consecutive week”. In metropolitan France, 116,000 new cases were reported in general medicine last week, according to the Sentinel network. The most affected regions, marked by the highest incidence rates (new cases, NDLR) are Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (258 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), the Grand Est (222) and the Hauts-de-France (217).

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