first confirmed case in a child from Île-de-France

The young boy was taken care of and shows no signs of seriousness.

A first. In a press release published this Saturday, the Agenré Régionale de Santé (ARS) of Île-de-France announced the first confirmed case of monkeypox in a child attending primary school in the region. He was taken care of and shows no signs of seriousness.

Emergencies in case of symptoms

In this same press release, the ARS claims to have “begun the investigations in order to trace the child’s chain of contacts as quickly as possible.” According to initial findings, a probable case has been identified in the same siblings, and measures have been taken in collaboration with National Education, including the dissemination of a message to the parents of children who are contacts at risk of the disease. school attended by the child.

The latter are advised to monitor the appearance of symptoms and to call 15 if necessary or to be offered a consultation in order to have the child benefit from a vaccination if it is deemed necessary by a doctor. It is also notified that “no measure is therefore necessary for the child (neither isolation, nor adaptation of activities) nor for the other members of the family” in the absence of symptoms.

Previously in Île-de-France, the virus had only affected adults (330 cases confirmed by Public Health France on June 23 at 2 p.m. including 227 in Île-de-France). The cases reported in France and Europe have so far occurred mainly in young adults, and are benign.

Monkeypox, an outbreak of which is affecting around 40 countries, first results in a high fever and quickly evolves into a rash. The disease, hitherto contained in a dozen African countries, usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks.

Caroline Dieudonné with Hugo Septier

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