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The gastroenteritis epidemic threshold has been surpassed

03 Jan 2013 | By Inserm (Newsroom) | France

According to the Inserm Sentinels network, in mainlandFrance last week, the number of cases of acute diarrhoea treated by family physicians was estimated at 380 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants. A figure on the increase compared to last week and above the epidemic threshold (282 cases for 100,000 inhabitants). If we go through a second consecutive week above the epidemic threshold, this will confirm that the gastroenteritis epidemic has arrived.

On a national level, the areas with the highest occurrences of cases per 100,000 inhabitants are: Aquitaine (743 100 000 , Picardie (736), Midi-Pyrénées (639), Languedoc-Roussillon (554), Basse-Normandie (479), Limousin (470), Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (393), Haute-Normandie (375), Bretagne (346), Auvergne (300), Ile-de-France (290), Pays-de-la-Loire (285) and Centre (285). Complete data region by region are given at the end of the bulletin. Among the reported cases, the median age was 32 years (but the age range was 4 months to 98 years). Men represented 47% of cases. The clinical pictures reported by the Sentinel doctors did not show any particular signs of serious problems.

If we look at the forecast model based on historical data, the level of activity of acute diarrhoea should continue to rise and should confirm the gastroenteritis epidemic

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