progression of the virus responsible for bronchiolitis, pediatric services overwhelmed

The number of patients identified each day is rising sharply, according to the CDC. “I have never seen that”, testifies a doctor to CNN, while the Covid-19 and the flu continue to circulate.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is gaining ground on the other side of the Atlantic. Several American media, including CNN and the New York Timesreport that pediatric wards are “overwhelmed.”

According to official data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of patients identified each day has risen very sharply for two months, since it has been multiplied by five, note our colleagues from the Parisian.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve never seen this,” Juan Salazar, chief physician at a children’s hospital in Connecticut, told CNN.

The fear of a “triple epidemic”

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a winter virus that affects the bronchioles, the small bronchi of very young children. It is this virus that is responsible for bronchiolitis. Despite impressive symptoms: coughing, rapid and wheezing, it is most often a mild illness.

Except that with the Covid and the flu, the American authorities fear “a triple epidemic” this winter, with medical services overwhelmed by the influx of patients.

Especially since RSV also affects the oldest and immunocompromised people. Each year, around 14,000 adults aged 65 and over and up to 300 children under the age of five die of it across the Atlantic, specifies The Parisian.

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