Cases of Severe Respiratory Syndrome stop rising among children, says Fiocruz

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Cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) among children and adolescents show signs of falling or stunted growth in several states of the country. This is what the new InfoGripe bulletin points out, released by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) this Thursday (8), with data between August 28 and September 3.

Coordinator of InfoGripe, researcher Marcelo Gomes explains that laboratory tests do not suggest that SARS cases were caused by Covid-19 in this population.

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“Because it is a growth restricted to children, temporarily associated with the return to school after the vacation period, it is possible that this growth is linked to respiratory viruses common to the school environment”, he highlights.

Extending the data to all age groups, Fiocruz indicates that cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome show a downward trend in the long term (last six weeks) and also in the short term (last three weeks).

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Only seven of the 27 federal units show signs of long-term growth: Amapá, Ceará, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Paraíba, Piauí and Roraima, and in all of them, the increase is concentrated in the age group between zero and 17 years.

According to the Infogripe survey, in the last four epidemiological weeks (mid-August to early September), of the patients identified with SARS, 68% were contaminated by the coronavirus, 6.5% by the respiratory syncytial virus, 3.4% by influenza A. and 0.2% by influenza B. Among the deaths, Covid-19 is responsible for 93.4%.

Source: CNN Brasil

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