Monkey pox: 7 cases in France, first vaccinations, fears of more infections … Situation update

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Monkeypox or monkeypox, which was discovered in Europe at the beginning of May, still causes concern.

Infections, vaccinations, hygiene items, … La Dépêche du Midi assesses the condition of monkeypox.

Low death rate

Monkeypox belongs to the same family as smallpox, which killed millions of people worldwide each year until it was eradicated in 1980. But monkeypox is much less dangerous, with a mortality rate of 3 to 6%.

Most patients recover after three to four weeks. The initial symptoms are a high temperature, swollen glands, and a rash.

7 cases in France

According to the latest report published by Santé Publique France, on Friday 27 May, there are currently 7 confirmed cases of monkeypox in France. This is the figure given by the Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, Wednesday during a trip to the Pasteur Institute. She explained that these are not people who have traveled.

And the minister announced, Wednesday, “We do not expect an outbreak of the disease, we are taking the necessary precautions, and therefore vigilance in this case, and because it is a virus that we no longer see in Europe.” “The situation is under control at the moment and it is under control,” she said. The minister also indicated that she will discuss next Monday with her European counterparts, “the strategies that we will adopt” regarding this disease.

More than 200 around the world

The UK reported its first case on May 7. Since then, about 200 cases have been detected in countries far from those where the virus is endemic. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 219 cases were specifically reported – but no deaths – on Wednesday.

Endemic to 11 countries in West and Central Africa, monkeypox has been discovered suddenly in more than two dozen other countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and dozens of European countries.

The Spanish Ministry of Health recorded 98 confirmed cases on Friday, the United Kingdom 90, and Portugal 74. In the latter country, all cases are men, most of them under the age of 40.

First Contact Case Vaccines

In the face of cases of monkeypox disease, the Supreme Health Authority, in an opinion issued on Tuesday, recommended vaccinating adults, including health professionals, who had risky contact with a patient.

The first vaccinations were done. The Directorate General of Health said that the first two people, considered to be in contact with a monkeypox patient, were vaccinated on Friday, May 27 at Bichat Hospital in Paris, according to the Directorate General of Health.

enough inventory

Brigitte Bourguignon then noted that “recommendations have been made to identify, detect and then isolate”. She said that as soon as the “recommendation” of the health authorities regarding the vaccination of contacts with the disease is “confirmed”, we are “ready.”

“The stocks are there and we have a strategic stockpile and vaccination will be targeted, we are not talking about full vaccination,” Brigitte Bourguignon told RTL. ‘Unlike the caregivers’ dealing with the patient, these are ‘contact cases’ in the patient’s entourage.

Just “tip of the iceberg”

“We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” said Sylvie Briand, director of the World Health Organization’s Global Infectious Risk Preparedness Division, during a presentation to WHO member states on the “unusual” spread of the virus. , during the World Health Assembly in Geneva (Switzerland).

Experts are trying to determine the cause of this “unusual situation,” Briand said, and preliminary results show no difference or mutation in the monkeypox virus. “We have a chance to stop the transmission now,” she said. “If we take the right measures in place now, we can potentially contain this quickly.”

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