Smallpox: a first suspicious case detected in France

While several cases of monkeypox have been detected in Europe and North America, the French health authorities have reported this game as a first suspicious case.

In a note sent to health professionals, that we have a consultant, the DGS (Directorate General of Health) announces that a suspicious case has been detected “this day, in Ile-de-France”. If it is not yet confirmed, this is a first alert in France.

Dozens of suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Canada and the United States since the beginning of the month.

“Any suspicious case must be reported”

While the DGS notes that “at this stage, the reported cases are mostly mild” and that “no deaths have been reported”, it nevertheless calls on health professionals to be vigilant “in the face of any evocative cases”. . “All suspected cases must be reported to the regional health agency in your area without delay,” she added.

A rare disease native to Africa, monkeypox, also known as Monkeypox, is characterized by fever, headache, muscle and / or back pain for the first five days. Then there are rashes, which reach the face, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, in the form of lesions, pustules and crusts.

If there is no vaccine or treatment available, the symptoms last 14 to 21 days and the patient heals spontaneously. Smallpox in small cases is fatal only in very rare cases. The lethality rate would be from 1% to 10%.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is due to publish a risk assessment report on this new epidemic “early next week”.

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