Modes of transmission, prevention: what is monkeypox, the first case of which was detected in France?
After the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, and even Canada and the United States, which indicated on Wednesday that they had detected people with monkeypox on their soilFrance in turn discovered a case on its national territory this Friday.
Monkeypox, or simian orthopoxvirus, is a virus transmitted to humans by animals and which is transmitted either by coming into contact with its respiratory secretions, or by touching infected lesions, as well as biological fluids.
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A first confirmed case of monkeypox in France
A first case of infection with monkeypox was detected on national territory Thursday in Île-de-France, announced this Friday the Directorate General of Health.
“As soon as his infection was suspected, this person was taken care of. In the absence of seriousness, he is isolated at his home”, specifies the ministry.
The patient is a young man of 29 with no history of travel to a country where the virus is circulating.
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“The mortality rate is much higher” than for Covid-19: epidemiologist Yves Buisson warns of monkeypox
Faced with the several dozen cases detected in humans in Europe and North America since the beginning of May, should we be worried?
For epidemiologist Yves Buisson, “it must be taken into consideration because the mortality rate is much higher” than for Covid, “especially since, now, the French population is no longer protected by vaccination against smallpox as it has been in the past,” he told TF1.
“Monkey pox does not have the capacity to transmit and contagiously other viral diseases such as influenza or Covid-19”, he nuances however.
First two cases of monkeypox confirmed in Canada
Canada reported two cases of monkeypox in humans on Thursday evening, a first on its soil.
“The Province of Quebec has been informed that a positive monkeypox screening result was obtained for two samples received by the National Microbiology Laboratory. These are the first two confirmed cases in Canada”, explains the Public Health Agency of Canada in a press release.
Other suspected cases are being studied in the French-speaking metropolis Montreal, said Canadian authorities. During a press conference in the morning, the regional management of public health in Montreal had mentioned 17 suspected cases.
First case of monkeypox detected in Italy
Italy reported on Thursday the first case of monkeypox in a young adult who recently returned from the Canary Islands, the Institute of Infectious Diseases at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome said.
The patient placed in isolation is receiving treatment and is in stable condition, according to a statement from the hospital published by Italian news agencies, adding that two other suspected cases were being evaluated.
>> Our article on the subject.
A report in preparation by an EU health agency
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) intends to publish its first risk assessment report “at the beginning of next week”, said the European Union agency responsible for diseases and epidemics.
The agency, which says it is “monitoring the situation closely”, recommends “isolating and testing suspected cases and reporting them promptly”.
However, the increase in apparent outbreaks is worrying, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that it was taking a close interest in the fact that some of the cases in the United Kingdom appear to have been transmitted within the homosexual community.
Several cases detected in Europe and North America since the beginning of May
Several dozen suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been detected since early May in Europe and North America, raising fears of the start of the spread of this endemic disease in West Africa.
This uncommon disease usually manifests with fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes on the hands and face, like chickenpox.