Monkey pox: now 16 confirmed cases in France

Monkey pox continues to progress slowly in France. New cases were confirmed on Sunday, the vast majority in Île-de-France.

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New cases of monkeypox were “confirmed” by the French health authorities, Sunday May 29th. France now officially has sixteen cases of monkeypox. Twelve were reported in Île-de-France, one in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, two in Occitanie and one in Normandy, according to figures from Public Health France. The previous report showed seven “proven” cases, according to the new Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon on Wednesday. Public Health France announces an update of the balance sheet for Monday.

The Minister of Health had indicated that the authorities did not expect an “outbreak” of the disease, and that the country had sufficient stocks of vaccines for people in contact.

The General Directorate of Health told Agence France-Presse on Friday that the first two people, considered to have had risky contact with a smallpox patient monkey pox, were vaccinated in Paris, at the Bichat hospital.

Vaccination of contact cases recommended

Faced with cases of monkeypox, in an opinion issued on Tuesday, the High Authority for Health recommended the vaccination of adults, including healthcare professionals, who have had risky contact with a patient.

Monkeypox (“monkeypox”) or “simian orthopox virus” is a disease considered rare , known in humans since 1970. It is caused by a DNA virus.

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