A new balance sheet on Friday. In France, there are now 51 cases of “confirmed” smallpox infection, according to health authorities.
Of this total, set at 2pm this Friday, 37 cases were reported in Ile-de-France, 6 in Occitanie, 4 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 2 in Normandy, 1 in the Hauts-de-France and 1 in Center-Val-de-Loire, according to figures from Public Health France (SPF). A new updated balance sheet will be published on Tuesday. The previous case reported 33 cases confirmed on Wednesday.
Public Health France states that of the confirmed cases as of June 2 – 45 in number – 43 were investigated (one refused this investigation and another could not be joined). “All those investigated are often men, aged between 22 and 63,” said SPF. “Two are immunocompromised, one has been hospitalized but is no longer hospitalized; none died ”.
Among the reported cases, “22 traveled abroad before the onset of their symptoms, some in several different countries,” adds SPF. But the majority said they could not identify the person who allegedly contaminated them.
Monkeypox is a mild disease, but its spread outside endemic areas such as West Africa remains a source of concern.
Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon has said in recent weeks that the authorities have not been accompanied by a “flambée” of the disease, and that she is paying for the supply of sufficient vaccine stocks for people in contact. In the face of cases of smallpox in the monkey, the High Health Authority recommended vaccination of adults on May 24, including health professionals, having had a risky contact with a disease.