Monkey pox: at least three confirmed cases in France, what is the profile of the infected people?

This Monday, May 23, Public Health France indicates that three confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France.

Monkeypox has been the talk of the town lately. Two new cases of monkey pox were reported in France on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to three, Public Health France announced on Monday. As a reminder Thursday, May 19, a first case had been detected in Île-de-France. He is a 29 year old young man.

What is the profile of the infected people?

“To date, these cases have occurred primarily, but not exclusively, in men who have sex with men (HSH), without direct links with people returning from endemic areas”, explains Public Health France.

According to a regional official of the World Health Organization, cases of monkeypox could accelerate in Europe in the coming days.

Monkeypox usually manifests as feverfrom muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash on the hands and face, like chickenpox.

[#Monkeypox] In case of symptoms (fever and rash with blisters)
u27a1ufe0f Contact the SAMU Center 15 who can refer you to a medical consultation
u27a1ufe0f It is recommended to self-isolate while awaiting medical advice and to avoid contact with other people

– SantépubliqueFrance (@SantePublicFr) May 20, 2022

How is the virus transmitted?

The monkeypox virus can be transmitted by direct contact with lesions on the skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by droplets (saliva, sneezing, sputter, etc.). You can also become contaminated through contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, dishes, bath linen, etc.). It is therefore important that the patients observe isolation throughout the duration of the disease (until the disappearance of the last scabs, most often 3 weeks).

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