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MAP: several areas in France reach epidemic level for bronchiolitis

The viral infection mostly affects infants but vulnerable adults can also catch it

Viral bronchiolitis causes a persistent cough that can last up to four weeks Pic: castiglioni veronica / Shutterstock / Visactu / The Connexion

The winter bronchiolitis epidemic is spreading quickly again this year, and vulnerable adults should be aware that the viral infection does not only affect infants.

Bronchiolitis symptoms, which initially resembles a common cold, can lead to:

  • wheezing
  • dry cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue

Infants under the age of 2 are most at risk, however, the virus can also affect older children and vulnerable adults, particularly smokers, people with impaired immune systems and those with heart conditions.

The virus causes an itchy cough that can persist for up to four weeks after the initial infection.

The best way to prevent the spread of bronchiolitis, which typically spreads during the winter months, is to respect barrier gestures and to air rooms regularly.

Read more: Temperature drop in France: Government advice on how to stay healthy 

Where is the bronchiolitis epidemic in France?

Pic: Visactu / The Connexion

What is the treatment for viral bronchiolitis?

Most cases of viral bronchiolitis are mild and do not require treatment. 

Severe cases may require hospitalisation, which can involve providing oxygen and intravenous fluids. 

Antibiotic medications do not work against viruses, but some treatments can be administered to open the airways and help breathing.

Related articles:

Flu vaccination campaign opens in France: how does it work? 

Latest Covid data for France shows small drop but not for all ages 

Temperature drop in France: Government advice on how to stay healthy 

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