News | Smallpox: 277 confirmed cases in France, the first in a woman, 12 people infected in Paca

Par La Provence (with AFP)

France had 277 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus infection on Tuesday, health officials said, adding that one of them involved a woman in the country for the first time.

“As of June 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM, 277 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France.”said the agency Santé publique France in a statement.

The latest tally, five days earlier, reported 183 cases. As before, no patients died. Among the latest cases, “A first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission is under investigation, and all others are men”precise Public health France.

Until now, the current outbreak of smallpox, which currently affects some 40 countries, mainly affects men who have had homosexual intercourse, even if it is not limited to naked men.

Monkeypox, which the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to make a global emergency, first results in a high fever and rapidly develops into a rash.

The disease, which until then was contained in a dozen African countries, usually heals spontaneously after two weeks.

Of all the cases observed in France, there are some „195 in Ile-de-France, 16 in Occitanie, 14 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 16 in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 12 in Hauts-de-France, 12 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 6 in Normandy , 1 in Center-val de Loire, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 1 in Grand-Est and 3 in Brittany “detailed the health authorities.

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