China’s Pneumonia Outbreak: Here’s All You Need To Know About The Sudden Spread Of The Disease

China is witnessing a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia, especially among children.

by Shreya Ghosh
China’s Pneumonia Outbreak: Here’s All You Need To Know About The Sudden Spread Of The Disease

China has been gearing up to enjoy a winter season without any restrictions or rules since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that began a couple of years ago. In between everything, the country started reporting cases of pneumonia all of a sudden, and the number of patients getting affected is only increasing. This sudden unknown outbreak is wreaking huge havoc in some parts of China leading to crowded hospitals.

China Witnesses A Sudden Surge In Pneumonia Cases

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The Asian country was only recovering from the last worldwide pandemic when it got struck by another nightmare, an outbreak of pneumonia. The situation is turning grim resulting in an emergency in all places. Places seeing a rise in the cases are Beijing and Liaoning province, according to a report by India Today. This mysterious outbreak is leading to a humongous increase in patients getting admitted to the hospitals. More and more cases are getting noticed with the health emergency turning down South.

Northern China is mostly experiencing the harsh effects of the pneumonia outbreak. Students of schools and educational places are getting sick majorly and increasing the risk of cases among children. This respiratory illness is creating chaos for students and children so much so that many schools have suspended their classes as well. Children suffering from this horrible disease are getting symptoms such as fever and lung inflammation.

Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) has recently raised an alert regarding the undiagnosed pneumonia clusters harming children mostly in places of Northern China. Citizens are worrying about more patients falling sick and suffering from the symptoms. The spike in hospitalisation is also something to worry about considering how the outbreak is spreading.

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How Is The World Health Organisation Responding To The Respiratory Illness Outbreak?

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a statement recently and requested the officials to share information about the recent outbreak of pneumonia cases rising among children. Chinese authorities have said that the easing of COVID-19 restrictions is the reason behind the sudden pneumonia outbreak. This led to the circulation and spread of pathogens such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.

WHO also advised the concerned authorities to work on improving the capacity of the health system at a time when cases of hospitalisation are increasing. The agency of the UN responsible for international public health has an advice for people living in China in between the mysterious outbreak. WHO asked everyone to take steps and follow the rules and regulations to stay safe and away from the scary chances of the disease.

As of now, the exact official number of patients suffering from respiratory illness is not disclosed. But in between all the uncertainty, the number of patients rushing to hospitals is seeing a rise. The worst part is that more and more children are suffering and falling sick.

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The only way to decrease the risk of falling sick is by following the guidelines. Wear masks among people, keep hands clean, stay at a distance from sick ones, and follow rules.

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