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Feira de Santana flu syndrome doubles the number of youngsters, experts say

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In Feira de Santana, instances of flu syndrome amongst youngsters elevated, in keeping with pediatric infectious illnesses physician Igor Araujo, who works at the State Children’s Hospital (HEC). And it is sufficient to go in entrance of hospital emergencies each private and non-private to substantiate the data.

This enhance in flu syndrome, in keeping with Igor Araujo, is seen not solely in the Feira de Santana, however in several areas of Brazil.

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“We have a rise in the flu syndrome, which is any and all infections, that resemble the picture of the flu, and never solely in the Feira de Santana, the place the state of emergency is full, each private and non-private, however in Bahia as an entire. Overall, and in São Paulo, Minas, Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, the place we speak to colleagues. And even in São Paulo, the enhance in these instances was round October, so we’re beginning to perceive that together with Covid, flu infections that at the moment are brought on by one other virus, most likely adenovirus, which have principally remoted themselves. , it additionally has the peculiarity of affecting completely different components of Brazil, at completely different occasions, and has a interval of viral circulation and shortly after a decline”, noticed the skilled.

According to Igor Araujo, when a toddler involves the workplace, the first guess just isn’t adenovirus.

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“If you concentrate on it, while you see a toddler in the emergency room or the workplace with the flu, I can not think about that it is as a result of of this adenovirus, which isn’t simply completely different occasions of the yr. In autumn and winter, it might probably additionally have an effect on spring and summer season, in order that it begins extra. So it is an an infection that after I go to the workplace, I’ll suppose of a flu, which is like some other flu: chilly, cough, sore throat, it might probably have an effect on the higher physique and is accompanied by pneumonia, however the virus is in different components of the physique. An inclination, like conjunctiva, that’s, it might probably trigger conjunctivitis, it might probably have an effect on the intestinal tract and it might probably additionally trigger urinary tract an infection”, he clarified.

He famous that almost all youngsters who’re remoted, each in private and non-private emergencies, are because of adenovirus, which is a viral an infection, and lots of mother and father are ready to search out out what the virus is.

“The flu, in a manner, in the literature we might observe a fever, and a chilly doesn’t have a fever. And most of the time the commonest chilly virus is rhinovirus and the flu is influenza. Adenovirus could cause each colds and flu. Symptoms of the flu will likely be related, however fever is seen in the flu, which is at all times extra aggressive in each adults and kids. The superb is to evaluate the baby as an entire”, he defined.

HEC’s pediatric infectious illness specialist suggested mother and father or guardians to evaluate the kid’s situation based mostly on fever.

“There should be a helper to information the fever, that’s, the baby who has a low fever, is given medication and goes again to working, enjoying, you may maintain it at house, observe for the first 72 hours, as a result of this fever tends to happen. Increase the interval. But even when the fever stops inside 72 hours, the flu continues, the flu-like signs like runny nostril, phlegm, cough might final two to a few weeks, however this baby has to thrive. He escaped from there, he’s a three-month-old child, who has rather a lot of issues, vomiting, spots throughout his physique and if the fever medication doesn’t enhance, this child must be evaluated”, he stated. .

The restoration time for every of these flu-like diseases will rely upon the virus the affected person was contaminated with, in keeping with the physician.

“From what we’re seeing now from adenovirus, it might final about two weeks. Many mother and father wish to clear up it with antibiotics, however since it is a virus, antibiotics do not work. So, actually, the therapy is symptomatic, medication, nasal washing, nebulization, honey and antibiotics for kids over 1 yr solely turn into difficult for bacterial infections like otitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis. This doesn’t imply that each baby could have problems, however when it begins to have an effect on a big half of the inhabitants, there’s a better probability of bacterial problems, then the want for antibiotics begins. So when you may have the inhabitants from Feira, the place rather a lot of youngsters are being affected, there’s the risk of youngsters getting bacterial infections, the want for antibiotics and we’re already seeing shortages in pharmacies”, he stated.

The increased the share of youngsters with the illness, the increased the probability of bacterial problems, the physician reiterated.

“Young youngsters may progress to bronchiolitis, which is a extra aggressive an infection, and we now have an elevated number of youngsters being hospitalized for flu-like diseases. When we speak about prevention, now we have a historical past of studying from what Covid has given us, so wash your palms.” , sanitizing with alcohol, avoiding taking a toddler with the flu to high school for at the very least per week is at all times greatest. I do not do emergency work, I solely work with an workplace, and I infect hospitalized sufferers at HEC, however on common, Just so now we have an thought, the number of visits to each private and non-private hospitals has nearly doubled. Among my sufferers, whom I’ve adopted in my workplace, there are about 20 sufferers”, he added.

With data from reporter Ney Silva from Acorda Cidade

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