Lyons. Infested with Covid, then monkeypox: ‘I have no more right to go out’

Photomontage published by the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on 22nd June 2022 showing the skin lesions caused by monkeypox. (©ILLUSTRATION/ UK Health Security)

TESTIMONY ACTU LYON. Twice positive for Covid-19 within a few months and now contaminated monkey pox (or Monkeypox in English): Yohann, 24, working student in Lyon, feels bad luck.

The young man learned this week that he had tested positive for monkeypox, believed to be at a party. “Last Sunday I got pimples on my stomach, but at first I thought it was insect bites, spider bites for example,” testifies the young man from LyonNews Lyon.

330 cases in France, 21 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

According to Public Health France, at 14:00 on June 23, 2022, 330 confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported in France: 227 in Ile-de-France, 22 in Occitanie, 21 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 19 in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 14 in Hauts-de-France, 14 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 6 in Normandy, 3 in Brittany, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 1 in Pays de la Loire and 1 in the Grand-Est.

Of the 302 confirmed cases as of June 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., 287 have been investigated, four remain unreachable and 11 are under investigation.

Among these cases, a first case involves a young woman whose partner (untested) reported that he had a rash 3 weeks ago.

Confirmed cases as of June 22, 2022 2:00 p.m. are between 19 and 71 years old (mean age: 35 years).

“My friend told me he was positive…”

The situation changes on Tuesday when the Lyon native begins to feel a ganglion in his throat, which is causing him pain. And then he gets a disturbing text message on his cell phone. “My friend told me he tested positive for monkeypox…” Yohann continues. He then begins to make the connection to his pimples and becomes a contact case.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday he got stomach ache and increased pimples on his body. “I don’t have any on my face yet, but on my legs, stomach, sensitive areas…”.

ambulance assisted

On Thursday, the student approaches the infectious diseases department of the Croix Rousse hospital in Lyon. “Given the symptoms and the risk of contagion, they sent me an ambulance. I am very contagious, you have to avoid public transport…”.

Then he takes a test at 12 o’clock. “The doctor took a cotton swab and took samples from the throat, a pimple, from the genitals…” Yohann says. The result came at 6 p.m.: He was positive for monkeypox. “I kind of suspected it, plus I’m immunocompromised with Crohn’s disease, so I’m more at risk.”

In addition to pimples, the twenty-something wakes up with a headache, feels tired and has a fever.

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“Doctors explained to me that you catch this virus through skin contact, through sweating, or even by speaking through the postillions,” the patient continues. He had to give the coordinates of his classmates, his work colleagues and his friends, all contact cases.

Locked up for three weeks: “I don’t want to see anyone”

Yohann has to abide by a strict rule: no contact for three weeks until July 10th.

“I’m extremely contagious, I can’t see anyone for 3 weeks, none of my relatives, my friends…” The student with a busy social life will have to adapt: ​​teleworking for his dual studies, shopping delivered or dropped off by friends…” And that’s just in front of the door!” “.

In the meantime, he is patient against his will and is regularly called by the doctors to inquire about his state of health.

“It’s going to be long and boring, so I can catch up on my late series,” the student ironically says. When he found out about his illness, which no treatment can cure, “friends wished me luck, others offered me help, and some seemed surprised. They understood that monkeypox wasn’t just a Twitter caption…”

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