Monkeypox: 330 confirmed cases in France, all about the new worrying virus

By Graziella L., Caroline J., Audrey L. Posted Jun 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

Monkeypox, known on the African continent, is very rare in Europe. However, health authorities are seeing a sudden surge in cases, including 330 confirmed in France. How is this new virus transmitted? We tell you everything.

After this Covid-19here is a new virus nearly unknown in Europe worries the health authorities. That monkey pox is usually a rare disease endemic to West Africa, which is transmitted naturally from animals to humans. But the virus spread unusually in a few days forty countriesincluding France. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has also pointed out that “follow the situation closely“and recommend”Isolate, test and promptly report suspected cases“.

But what is that monkey pox ? Also called “monkey pox”, the disease looks impressive, but rather benign, since it usually heals itself. Less dangerous than human smallpox, it can still cause it symptoms similar: Fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. And smallpox are especially recognized by skin rashes which occur mainly on the face, on the palms of the hands, but also on the genitals.

No treatment is there for this infection, which heals on its own after two or three weeks. However, there is one vaccination against smallpox 85% effective on the virus, afterPastors Institute. Do we then risk an epidemic like the coronavirus? This remains unlikely as it takes a very long contact with an organic liquid from someone infected. The disease is transmitted between people by saliva or when sex. While European health authorities are reassuring, they remain vigilant because the proliferation of outbreaks worries the WHO.

New cases have been identified since the discovery of a first French case on May 19, more precisely in the Île-de-France. According to the latest report from Public Health France, 330 cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in the country, including 227 in the Île-de-France. For now, no deaths was not reported and Contact cases are vaccinated post exposure.

So far, these cases have mainly, but not exclusively, occurred in men who have sex with men (MSM), with no direct relation to returnees from endemic areas.”he explains in a press release Public Health France which states that “The current European context is a warning and indicates contamination in Europe.. Otherwise, Public Health France points out that the “Long-term surveillance of “monkeypox” through the mandatory reporting system will be strengthened and information and alerts will be sent to healthcare professionals“.

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