two contact cases were vaccinated in France

published on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10:40 p.m.

It is a very targeted protocol offered to “people who have had a contact considered to be at risk”, indicated the High Health Authority.

Two people, who approached a patient with monkeypox, and therefore considered to be at risk, were vaccinated on Friday May 27 at the Bichat hospital in Paris. The first patient concerned is a man in his thirties, living in Paris.

He claimed to be the contact case of the first patient confirmed on French territory, on May 20.

This patient indicated having come into contact with the first patient identified in France “May 14 in the afternoon in an apartment in Paris”. “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 said. “My case was discussed because I was not exposed through sexual relations, which does not make me a red case but rather orange“, he continued. In a statement of May 25, the High Authority for Health (HAS) called on adults and health personnel exposed to “monkeypox” to be vaccinated, between 4 and 14 days after the risky contact.

It should be noted that the incubation period of monkeypox is most often understood between 6 and 16 days. But it can go from 5 to 21 days. France currently has five “proven” cases of monkeypox, said Wednesday, May 25 the new Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon, at the microphone of RTL. She said the country had the necessary stocks of smallpox vaccine to vaccinate contact cases.

This virus, which has affected several people in Europe and North America, is a rare disease originating in Africa which is generally cured spontaneously.t. Currently, human-to-human transmission requires close and prolonged contact between two people. This virus is transmitted mainly through saliva or pus from skin lesions formed during infection.

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