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    The flu epidemic is now declared in mainland France

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12:01 PM - Updated Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 5:25 PM
    By The writing of France Bleu

    The seasonal flu epidemic has now been declared in France, health authorities announced on Wednesday. Brittany and Normandy are the first to switch to the epidemic stage.

    It comes as two respiratory epidemics are already affecting the country: Covid, which has rebounded in recent days, and bronchiolitis.

    The seasonal flu epidemic has now been declared in France, hitting Brittany and Normandy, health authorities announced on Wednesday. Other regions are also in the "pre-epidemic" phase. This is the case of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

    An early epidemic

    The arrival of the influenza epidemic is proving to be rather early this year, in particular compared to the previous season when it had reached a very late peak, at the beginning of spring. The arrival of the epidemic is reflected in a sharp increase in consultations with the doctor, which have jumped by half since last week throughout the metropolis.

    Likewise, the situation begins to show itself in the hospital. Visits to the emergency room for flu-like illness have also increased by half. For the time being, the level of serious cases and deaths nevertheless remains limited, with around twenty patients in intensive care and three deaths, specify the health authorities.

    An already suffocated health system

    This progression of the flu epidemic, normal in this season, risks hitting an already struggling health system. The hospital is indeed tested by an epidemic of bronchiolitis of an unprecedented scale, and a resumption of admissions for Covid-19.

    Relaying a call for vaccination, Elisabeth Borne launched Tuesday "a solemn appeal" : "let us respect barrier gestures, wear the mask as soon as we are with fragile people or in crowded areas" , she pleaded.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela