Immediately, a three-week isolation of the individual is applied as long as the symptoms persist (an assessment is performed by an infectiologist). Turn contact cases, in the absence of symptoms, isolation does not apply systematically.
Known in humans since 1970, monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans through infected animals. As a precaution, the European Commission announced on Tuesday the conclusion of a contract for the purchase of more than 100,000 doses of smallpox vaccine.
Its symptoms are, to a lesser extent, similar to those seen in the past: fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, during the first five days. Itching is common. Then there are rashes, lesions, pustules, and finally scabs. These bubbles focus more on the face, palms and soles of the feet. There is no cure for smallpox in the blood, which usually heals spontaneously, and has no symptoms for 14 to 21 days.
The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with skin lesions.
“The smallpox virus can be transmitted by direct contact with skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by gouttelettes (saliva, eternuements, postillons …)”., precisely Santé Public France on the website. In other words, sexual intercourse, with or without penetration, meets these conditions for contamination and having more partners increases the risk of being exposed to the virus.
Eight cases in the region
As of June 15, 2022 at 8 pm, according to French Public Health data updated weekly, 125 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the country. Eight cases were reported in New Aquitaine in less than a week, including one in Bordeaux in the middle of last week. All cases investigated are men, aged between 20 and 63 years (median age: 35 years).