The color of the map of mainland France, drawn by the Sentinelles network and relayed by Public Health France, speaks for itself. This is a red alert in most of France for the epidemic of gastroenteritis. New Aquitaine, with Béarn, was not spared and was one of the areas already most affected during the week of December 23 to 29, 2019 (402 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
The past few days have not reversed this trend, which saw the number of cases increase by 10% week after week. It’s the same peak never seen in the same period in the last 10 winter seasons. In the forecast, the number of patients could increase further in the coming days, but in a less abrupt way.
Bronchiolitis also very present
To note that bronchiolitis, which concerns babies under 2 years old, has also been very present since December 9 in France and resulted in more than 5,000 emergency room visits in a week.
On the other hand, the flu, it, has not yet fully pointed the tip of its nose even though the number of consultations for influenza-like illnesses is starting to rise. But for the time being, New Aquitaine is not even on the list of regions in a “pre-epidemic” situation.