Hospitals without available beds, collapsed guards are some of the indicators of the health chaos that the health system is going through as a consequence of the precipitous appearance of the bronchiolitis flare. The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health warned of a greater circulation of the virus and conceded that the season of Lower Acute Respiratory Infections was brought forward (IRAB).
According to information from the Ministry of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, there was a 20% increase in cases in relation to the same period of previous years as a consequence of a greater virus circulation among adults. These data confirm the hasty arrival of the season of Lower Acute Respiratory Infections. For his part, The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health, said that the number of cases in his district increased by 25% compared to 2022. However, the most alarming data is the growth by 30% compared to the historical averages of the last five years.
They ask to vaccinate children for flu and bronchiolitis
From the Ministry of Health of the Nation they agreed that not only the cases increased, but that the peak arrived earlier than expected and stated: “Since epidemiological week 10 – the beginning of March – an increase in consultations by cadres began to be registered This trend has been consolidated in the current week 20, with greater circulation of respiratory syncytial virus and an increase in hospitalizations for bronchiolitis, when this seasonal peak usually occurs in week 24”.
Bronchiolitis: risk groups
The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) popularly known as Bronchiolitis, is the inflammation and obturation of the bronchioles that mainly affects children up to two years of age, mainly babies. Belonging to the paramyxovirus family, in addition to respiratory viruses, it also includes those that cause measles and mumps. This disease mainly affects children under two years of age and older adults.
The most serious picture occurs in early childhood, that is, in children under 1 year of age. This first infection of the virus produces serious infections in the lower airways. In addition, it generates 50% of the cases of bronchiolitis and 25% of the reported cases of pneumonia, viral (sometimes they are not pictures that can be differentiated from each other).
While, in those infants older than 2 years, bronchiolitis generally remains as a picture of the upper airways, like a cold. Given these symptoms, the patient’s condition can be aggravated if extreme groups were premature, or if they have lung diseases, congenital heart disease, genetic syndromes, malnutrition, low weight, these would be the months of greatest vulnerability, as well as infants under 6 and 3 months.
- Wash your hands periodically, especially after touching handles, money, office objects, other children’s toys, etc.
- Use gel alcohol when there is no soap and water to wash your hands.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow.
- Wipe your nose with disposable tissues.
- Avoid contact with people who have infectious diseases.
- Avoid cigarette smoke and braziers near children.
- Always ventilate the rooms.
- Keep vaccination schedules up to date.
Symptoms and precautions
Bronchiolitis is detected when the patient has a fever, anxiety to breathe. When the symptoms begin, the baby has a hard time sleeping well or eating properly and they begin to move their nose wings or begin to notice their ribs (more extreme cases). In these cases the guard will come quickly.
Faced with the health landscape, it is important take preventive measures against any type of respiratory virus, since these are the main access to pneumonia and bronchiolitis, mainly in girls and boys under 4 years of age, according to the Ministry of Health of the Nation. AND Before the appearance of one or more symptoms, a doctor should be consulted..
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