Smallpox: 277 confirmed contaminations in France, including a first female case

The days go by, and the cases increase. 277 confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported in France on Tuesday, the French Public Health Agency said in a statement, adding that one of the cases involved a woman in the country for the first time.

Among the latest cases recorded, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is under investigation, and all the others are men,” says Public Health France.

Nearly 100 new cases in five days

So far, the current outbreak of smallpox, which affects some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have had homosexual intercourse, although it is not limited to naked men. The latest toll, five days earlier, reported 183 cases in France. As before, no patients died.

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

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.

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