This time, there is a “mysterious pneumonia” epidemic in China
Vita gazette – We are in the months when the coronavirus took hold of the whole world. China is on the agenda again with a new epidemic. Virologist Roberto Burioni: “I made the mistake of hesitantly trusting the Chinese at the beginning of 2020; I won’t repeat it this time. Common childhood viral infections do not cause pneumonia or lung nodules.”
After COVID-19 measures were lifted in China at the beginning of this year, upper respiratory tract diseases increased in the autumn. The spread of a bacterial respiratory infection, especially among children, is a concern. Due to the epidemic, children’s hospitals in the capital, Beijing and Liaoning province in the northeast of the country are having difficulty providing services due to the increase in the number of minors applying with respiratory illnesses. On the other hand, the different symptoms of pneumonia seen in children make diagnosis difficult and increase the suspicion of “infection of unknown source”.
The Chinese government announced that it will increase measures against pneumonia and other upper respiratory tract diseases that have spread throughout the country since the beginning of autumn and primarily affect children.
In the statement made by the Joint Disease Prevention and Control Mechanism affiliated with the State Council, it was requested to increase the monitoring and control of diseases in kindergartens and primary schools against the increase in seasonal flu and mycoplasma pneumonia cases.
The statement stated that priority should be given to vaccinating children and adults with chronic diseases. It also requested increased production and supply of medicines and health checks at the borders.
The statement noted that mycoplasma pneumonia cases are still intense in some regions, seasonal flu cases are expected to increase, and there is a risk of a new COVID-19 epidemic during the winter months.
On the other hand, National Health Commission Spokesperson Hu Qianchiang stated that known pathogens caused the cases of pneumonia and other diseases recently detected in China and that they informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the epidemics.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked China for more information about “undiagnosed cases of pneumonia” reportedly spreading among children in the north of the country. The United Nations (UN) said in a statement that it wanted more information about “undiagnosed cases of pneumonia in children in northern China” in the media as well as in ProMed, a global epidemic surveillance system.
WHO: China says shared data does not indicate the absence of new pathogens
The WHO. had requested detailed information on a reported increase in respiratory illnesses in children in China. Chinese data suggests that known bacteria and viruses caused the infection.
Burioni: “I made the mistake of trusting the Chinese at the beginning of 2020.”
“I made the mistake of hesitantly trusting the Chinese at the beginning of 2020; I won’t repeat it this time. Common childhood viral infections do not cause pneumonia or lung nodules.” Roberto Burioni says this on X.