A mysterious disease is spreading rapidly in China, and the World Health Organization expresses its concern

Abdallah Shahin - | World

Chinese hospitals are experiencing overpopulation as a result of the number of youngsters who are ill with pneumonia. In the city of Tianjin, China, there is a children's hospital that has treated more than 13,000 children who have been infected with the disease. However, the Chinese media has reported that the number of patients has beyond the capacity of several institutions.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is the name of the bacterial infection that is most prevalent among youngsters in China. It started spreading in May of last year and reached its highest point during these days.

It is quite likely that this is the result of routine seasonal infections spreading as the country enters the first winter without limits on coronavirus infection. Chinese officials have denied that a new virus that has not been discovered is the source of the frightening surge in the number of instances of infection.

For her part, a World Health Organization official remarked that the increase in cases of respiratory infections that China is currently facing is not as great as it was before the Covid-19 epidemic, underlining that no new or novel microorganisms have been detected in recent cases of infection.

In a statement, Maria Van Kerkhove, acting director of the Department of Epidemic Preparedness and Prevention at the World Health Organization, stated that the increase in disease cases appears to be due to an increase in the number of children who have become infected with germs that cause diseases that they had avoided for two years due to preventive measures that were implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Mi Feng, a spokesman for the Chinese National Health Commission, the rise in acute respiratory disorders is connected to the simultaneous spread of multiple types of pathogens, the most prominent of which is influenza. This statement was made a few days ago.

Following the dissemination of media reports of an increase in cases of the mysterious respiratory disease, particularly among children, in China, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed, through its official account on the "X" platform (which was formerly known as Twitter), that travel, tourism, and conducting business are safe. This comes after the media reported that the disease was spreading.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated, "I can assure you that traveling and conducting business in China is risk-free, and there is no reason to be concerned."

He highlighted the fact that "the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China responded in a timely manner to the request of the World Health Organization, and also held a press conference earlier about the current situation."

As a result of the easing of restrictions connected to Covid-19 and the spread of known diseases, including as influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus, and the Corona virus, the Chinese authorities have attributed this surge in infections to the aforementioned factors. There were multiple reports of pneumonia spreading throughout northern China that were publicized by various media outlets at the end of November of this year.

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