As the cold season approaches, heralding a rise in respiratory illnesses, Mexico is gearing up to manage the inevitable surge in pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and influenza cases. In a recent press conference, experts from the Faculty of Medicine (FM) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) shared insights into the current scenario, emphasizing the need for proactive prevention measures.
Rosa María Wong Chew, Head of the Clinical Research Subdivision at UNAM, highlighted that winter's peak is imminent, with the highest number of respiratory events, especially in children, expected between December and January. Lower respiratory infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis, rank as the fourth leading cause of death globally, and the second among children under five. In Mexico, acute respiratory infections are among the top 10 causes of illness, with influenza and pneumonia ranking as the third leading cause of death in young children, based on 2019 data.