Monkeypox: The first two contact cases have been vaccinated in France

Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox requires close and prolonged contact between two people, and is mainly via saliva according to early studies.

The first two people, considered to have had risky contact with a monkey pox patient, were vaccinated on Friday in Paris, at the Bichat hospital, we learned from the Directorate General of Health. In accordance with the opinion of the High Authority for Health (HAS) issued on Tuesday, this is a “very targeted vaccination which is offered to people who have had a contact considered to be at risk”.

The first vaccinated, a man in his thirties and residing in Paris, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP that he was the contact case of the first confirmed patient in France on May 20.
“I did not have sex with this person but I was in prolonged (physical) contact with this person, for three hours, in the same space”he testified to AFP.

France currently has seven “proven” cases of monkeypox, the new Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon said on Wednesday, adding that the country had the necessary stocks of smallpox vaccine to vaccinate contact cases.

The incubation period for monkeypox is most often between 6 and 16 days, which can range from 5 to 21 days. The HAS recommends administering the vaccine “ideally within four days after the risky contact and at most 14 days later with a two-dose schedule (or three doses in immunocompromised subjects), spaced 28 days apart”.

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