It Begins: Now ‘Mystery Illness’ Hits DC Hospitals

Recently we reported that a “mystery” pneumonia mainly affecting children was causing an uptick in hospital visits in China.

Well, right on cue, there’s a report from several media outlets that hospitals in DC are seeing an increase in the “mystery” illness.


The D.C. area is no exception. FOX 5 has learned hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care locations and clinics are seeing an uptick in sick visits.

PM Pediatrics Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Christina Johns tells FOX 5 the medical community is watching what’s happening in China closely but there’s no panicking yet.

Even so, Johns does say there’s an increase in respiratory illnesses across the board, especially in children.

The Netherlands is also seeing a strong uptick in this pneumonia. There are reports that reports coming out of Amsterdam that 80 of every 100,000 children between ages 5 and 14 came down with pneumonia last week. What’s interesting is that (as of the writing of this post) the increase in these cases seems to be occurring in areas that had strict lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

China only recently eased restrictions, the Netherlands at one point imposed a 9 pm curfew despite mass vaccinations, and unless you were a BLM protestor, DC forced people to stay in their homes.

We previously reported China is facing another public health crisis after footage from inside the country showed people flooding hospitals.

The World Health Organization has said that no unusual or novel pathogens are responsible for the pneumonia outbreak.

Local officials in China believe that it’s the flu as the respiratory illness continues to infect many children in northern areas like Bejining and the Liaoning province.

After all, this is the first winter China has faced after removing their extreme lockdown protocols.

The WHO statement said Chinese authorities had attributed the surge in cases to “the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens such as influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia (a common bacterial infection which typically affects younger children), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).”


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