WHO urges China to provide data on rise respiratory illness
The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested for more information from China about a mysterious respiratory illness that broke out in the country’s north.
According to the WHO, Northern China has seen an upsurge in “influenza-like illness” from mid-October when compared to the previous three years.
“WHO has made an official request to China for detailed information on an increase in respiratory illnesses and reported clusters of pneumonia in children,” the statement released by WHO on Wednesday partly reads.
This comes after China’s National Health Commission was quoted last week as saying that the increase in respiratory illnesses was caused by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens, specifically influenza and common bacterial infections that affect children, including mycoplasma pneumonia.