Public Health France indicates on Monday that three confirmed cases of monkey pox have been reported in the country. “The current European context constitutes an alert and suggests contamination in Europe”, says the agency.

Two new cases of monkey pox have been reported in France, bringing the total number of cases in the country to three, Public Health France announced on Monday. On Thursday, a first case had been detected in Île-de-France.

“To date, these cases have occurred mainly, but not only, in men who have sex with men (MSM), without direct links with people returning from endemic areas”, explains Public Health France, which specifies that “the long-term monitoring of Monkeypox (monkey pox in English, editor’s note) by the mandatory reporting system is reinforced” in France.

Because the discovery of several cases in many countries of the Old Continent is worrying. “In the usual absence of Monkeypox in Europe and of a link reported by the cases identified with a risk zone, the current European context constitutes an alert and suggests contamination in Europe”, warns the National Public Health Agency.

“The current European context constitutes an alert”

Monkeypox is a rare disease that originated in Africa. The virus can be transmitted by direct contact with broken skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by droplets. You can also become contaminated through contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, dishes, bath linen).

Infection with the virus begins with a fever, often strong and accompanied by headaches, body aches and fatigue. After about two days, a vesicular eruption appears, the formation of scabs and then scarring. Itching is common.

The incubation of the disease can range from five to 21 days. The fever phase lasts about one to three days. The disease, generally benign, most often heals spontaneously, after two to three weeks.