The ‘White Lung’ Syndrome of a ‘mystery pneumonia’ that broke out in China earlier this month has now officially hit the US, with doctors in Ohio and Massachusetts reporting cases of the illness.
The illness is affecting children and has also been recorded in Europe. There have been 142 pediatric cases of the condition since August in Warren County, about 30 miles outside of Cincinnati, OH.
Health officials are ringing alarm bells, saying the figure is “extremely high.” “Not only is this above the county average, it also meets the Ohio Department of Health definition of an outbreak,” said Warren County Health Department on Wednesday. Doctors in western Massachusetts have reported seeing “a whole lot” of pneumonia cases.
According to the medical establishment, this is not the result of a pathogen from China but rather a cocktail of viruses and seasonal bacteria coalescing at the same time. The condition overwhelmed Chinese hospitals, and officials are worried the same will happen in American and European health facilities this winter.
“We do not think this is a novel/new respiratory disease, but rather a large uptick in the number of pneumonia cases normally seen at one time,” read a Warren County Health District press release. “As we approach the holiday season, when many of us will be gathering together with family and friends, please remember to take necessary precautions to protect your health. Wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home when ill and stay up to date on vaccines.”
JUST IN—The "Mystery pneumonia" affecting kids and ripping through China and parts of Europe, is reportedly now in America.
142 child cases of "white lung syndrome" have now been recorded in Warren County, Ohio since August, meaning if true, it's been here for months.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 30, 2023
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on the other hand, told The Daily Mail that what we are seeing is “nothing out of the ordinary.” Similarly, an official with the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that no pathogen has been detected and the threat level remains low, according to China’s information.
China insists that it has the capacity to manage the outbreak, but insiders report a return of COVID-era practices such as the spraying of public areas with chemicals and select travel bans.
The Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) advised young people, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems to avoid unnecessary travel to China, Hong Kong, and Macau. They advised people who need to travel to said locations to receive the latest flu and COVID vaccinations.