Five confirmed cases of monkey pox have been identified in the country, Public Health France announced on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the HAS recommended the vaccination of contact cases.

Two new cases of monkey pox (Monkeypox) have been identified and confirmed in France, indicates Public Health France in a press release published on Tuesday. Three were in Ile-de-France, one in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and one in Occitania, according to the National Public Health Agency.

Cases of Monkeypox “not directly linked to travel to Central or West Africa or people returning from travel have been reported in Europe and around the world, suspected cases are being assessed in many countries and the situation is therefore changing very quickly”, sums up Public Health France.

This Tuesday, the High Authority for Health (HAS) explained that it recommends the vaccination of contact cases at risk of people affected by monkeypox.

A rare disease originating in Africa

More and more cases of monkeypox are being reported around the globe. However, the European Union disease agency estimated on Monday that the risk of contagion from monkey pox is “very low” in the general population but “high” in people with multiple sex partners.

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 crusts 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.