For the first week of January, cases of flu increase in Pays de la Loire, particularly in Sarthe. The epidemic is likely to progress further
At the beginning of 2019, according to the weekly map published by the network Sentinelles , the flu is coming in force in the west of France .
The epidemic of influenza began in Occitan and 10 regions are pre-epidemic phase.
Strong activity in Pays de la Loire
For the first week (from 31 to 6 January), compared to the national level which only counted 86 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, the activity of the disease is considered strong in Pays de la Loire (205 per 100 000) and in Brittany (226 per 100,000).
The department of Sarthe is very affected by the epidemic which reaches the threshold of 500 cases per 100 000 inhabitants.
The epidemic should progress
The figures are based on influenza syndromes in medical consultations: a fever above 39 ° C appeared suddenly, aches and respiratory signs.
The working group for influenza surveillance in mainland France is planning an increase in influenza activity.
Type A viruses circulate for the most part.
The group also notes a vaccination coverage of subjects at risk slightly increasing.
Over the same period, the area between the Center and Pays de la Loire regions is also very affected … by gastroenteritis (map below).