Monkey pox: “Pimples the size of a fingernail”, a Frenchman infected with Monkeypox testifies

A 28-year-old Frenchman contracted monkeypox three weeks ago and told our colleagues at RTL about his symptoms.

While the Covid epidemic is not over, monkeypox worries in France. As of 2 p.m. on June 14, 2022, 125 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the country by Santé Publique France: 91 in Ile-de-France, 11 in Occitanie, 9 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 3 in Normandy, 3 in Hauts-de-France, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 3 in Paca, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and 3 in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

It is in this context that the WHO has decided to convene a meeting next week to assess whether this virus represents a “public health emergency of international concern”.

“Pimples the size of a fingernail”

On RTLa 28-year-old Frenchman living in Germany infected with Monkeypox three weeks ago testifies: “I was tired with the appearance of pimples that looked like acne, but which grew to reach the size of a fingernail” he explains. “I had 40 fever for two days and there is no treatment, I had to wait and isolate myself“he specifies.

Peter contracted the disease”during sex with a man“.

These signs that should alert you

The first symptoms that should alert you are: fever, headaches, muscle aches and asthenia (abnormal fatigue). Monkeypox also causes lymph nodesbut also a generalized rash that occurs on the face and body of the sick. The buttons can form inside the mouth, on the palms of the hands and feet.

So far, 1,600 cases have been recorded worldwide, with no deaths. This is reassuring, especially since the disease generally heals spontaneously, after two to three weeks of flu-like symptoms followed by rashes.

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