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Monkey pox: 66 confirmed cases in France

According to a new report from the health authorities, France recorded this Tuesday, June 7, 66 confirmed cases of monkey pox.

An upward trend. “As of June 7, 2022 at 2 p.m., 66 confirmed cases of monkeypox (monkey pox, editor’s note) have been reported in France”, indicates Public Health France on its site. The previous assessment reported 51 cases.

48 cases in Ile-de-France

Of the 66 cases, 48 ​​were identified in Ile-de-France, 8 in Occitanie, 5 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 2 in Normandy, one in Hauts-de-France, one in Center-Val de Loire and one in Paca.

Public Health France specifies that out of the total, “61 were the subject of an investigation, one refused it, one remains unreachable and 3 are under investigation”.

All these cases identified are men, aged 22 to 63 years. Among them, almost half (28) had traveled abroad before the onset of their symptoms, some of them to several different countries.

Since the occurrence of the first case in France at the end of May, any suspected case must be reported to the Regional Health Agency of the region.

On May 24, faced with the increase in cases, the High Authority for Health recommended the vaccination of adults, including health professionals, who had had risky contact with a patient.

A rare disease originating in Africa, monkey pox, also called Monkeypox, is characterized by fever, headache, muscle and/or back pain during the first five days. Then appear rashes, which reach the face, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, in the form of lesions, pustules and crusts.

If the infection remains most often benign, its current spread, especially in Europe, raises questions.

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