The rapid growth of an outbreak of undiagnosed pneumonia in minors in China, the country where Covid-19 originated, has put the public on alert. World Health Organization. WHO has requested a report regarding the circulation of known pathogens and the current burden on healthcare systems.
Specifically, it has requested “detailed information on an increase in respiratory diseases and pneumonia clusters reported in children.” Furthermore, in that statement they wanted to remember that “in a press conference held on November 13, 2023, the Chinese authorities of the National Health Commission reported of an increase in the incidence of respiratory diseases in China”.
International authorities speak of the need to improve surveillance of the disease both in hospitals and health centers, as well as in the environment. Chinese authorities have attributed this increase in cases to “the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens such as influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia (a common bacterial infection that usually affects younger children), the virus respiratory syncytial (RSV) and SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus).”
This outbreak keeps hospitals in several cities in China overwhelmed, including Beijing. This worrying situation is highlighted by the “ProMed” global disease surveillance system, which played a fundamental role in 2019 in alerting the Sars-Cov-2 virus, issuing an alert about said outbreak.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing warned of the high number of admissions to the Children’s Hospital, 3,500 patients with related pathologies admitted with respiratory infection. Pointing out that it was due to an outbreak of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, or what is better known, walking pneumonia.
Following the alert issued by “ProMed”, the World Health Organization requested the report from Beijing, asking in detail for the real situation regarding the increase in respiratory diseases.