While a first case of “monkeypox” has been confirmed in a child in France, the current epidemic does not currently constitute a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This is the first case of monkeypox in a child in France. The regional health agency Île-de-France (ARS) said in a press release on Saturday that the child, who attends a primary school in the Paris region, shows no signs of seriousness.
The case was handled by the health services, the ARS states. “A probable case was identified in the same siblings. Action has been taken with National Education and a message has been sent to the parents of children who are vulnerable contacts at the school the child attends.‘ the press release continues.
The ARS adds that its teams and those of Public Health France “immediately started investigations in order to trace the child’s chain of contacts as quickly as possible“.
For its part, the WHO believes that monkeypox is not currently a global health emergency. Indeed, on Saturday, the head of that UN agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, indicated that the global outbreak of monkeypox poses a public health threat whose development is of great concern, without reaching the stage of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI). This is the WHO’s highest alert level.
The epidemic mainly affects Western Europe. A surge in monkeypox cases has been noted since early May, a far cry from central and west African countries where the disease has long been endemic. More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have been reported to WHO from around 50 countries where the disease is not endemic this year.
In France, 330 confirmed cases of infection were reported in France, including 227 in Île-de-France, in the latest assessment prepared by Public Health France on Thursday. “The risk of transmission is estimated to be low for the general population. The cases reported in France and Europe so far have mainly occurred in young adults and are benign.“, states the ARS Île-de-France.
Fever, crusting rash: When symptoms appear, the ARS recommends “If necessary, call 15“. A consultation will be offered “so that the child can benefit from vaccination if the doctor deems it necessary‘ the state health department said.