Fiocruz: cases of respiratory syncytial virus in children increase

Researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) point out that the incidence of viruses caused by respiratory syncytial virus in children aged 0-9 continues to grow. The information was released today (25) in the newsletter InfoGripe, which monitors cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SRAG) in the country and evaluates in this issue data from the Epidemiological Week (SE) 46, from 14 to 20 November.

According to the bulletin, SARS cases maintain a stable scenario in most age groups, but among children, respiratory syncytial virus infections have caused a significant increase in cases. In the group of young adults aged 20 to 29 years, an increase in positive results for the new coronavirus was observed, the researchers say.

For the study coordinator, Marcelo Gomes, this framework reinforces the importance of reviewing prevention protocols in the school environment, such as evaluating the capacity of ventilation and air circulation in classrooms, as well as the distribution and conscientious use of adequate masks. (PFF2). About the recent outbreak of influenza cases in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the researcher explained that only over the remaining weeks will it be possible to have a more conclusive analysis.

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According to the bulletin released today, the state of Rio de Janeiro is among those with signs of growth in the incidence of SRAG only in the short-term trend (last three weeks), but with a variation compatible with oscillation within stability. Espírito Santo, Pará and Paraná present a similar situation.

Alagoas, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Paraíba, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Sergipe show a downward trend in the long term (last six weeks) for SARS cases.

The researchers point out that, in Amapá, the evidence of an increase in SRAG in the population aged 60-69 calls attention. The movement is similar to what has been observed since October in Rio Grande do Norte and appears “still incipient” in Tocantins. In São Paulo, the recent growth in the trend is restricted to children aged 0-9 years.

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