Smallpox of the monkey touches, in France, a woman for the first time

HEALTH – Cases continue to climb. 277 monkeypox virus infections have been reported in France, according to a report released on Tuesday 21 June par Public Health France. Among the latest cases recorded is a woman for the first time. An investigation by the health authorities is underway to better understand how the virus is transmitted.

Until now, the virus mainly affected, but not only, men who had sex with men. As a reminder, monkeypox first translates to a high fever and rapidly evolving into a rash. The disease usually heals spontaneously after two weeks.

About 40 countries are now affected by the virus. In France, the number of cases continues to rise. Five days ago, the latest tally was 183 cases and no patients died.

The name of the monkey’s smallpox should change

In the detail of the cases 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 the Far East and 3 in Brittany, ”said Public Health France on Tuesday.

With this outbreak, the Health Organization plans to make it a global emergency. But the health authority don’t be afraid for now, ca. the spread of monkeypox virus beyond African countries can trigger a global pandemic.

The disease is no longer limited to a dozen African countries, the WHO said last week that it wanted to “change the name of the virus” from monkeypox. Without openly explaining the reasons for this choice, this decision would come after many concerns on the fact that these terms are stigmatizing for African countries. Beyond the virus, the names of strains, such as the “West African and Congo Basin strains”, should be changed. The WHO says it is worried that Africa will be targeted as the hotbed of the virus, as has already been the case for Ebola for example.

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