Monkeypox: France now has 91 confirmed infections, mostly in men between 20 and 60 years old

On June 9, 2022, 91 confirmed cases of Monkeypox or monkeypox were reported in France. A figure up from Tuesday, June 7.

Of the now 91 cases of monkeypox confirmed to date in France64 were detected in Ile-de-France, 10 in Occitanie, 8 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 2 in Normandy, 2 in Hauts-de-France, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 1 in PACA, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and 2 in New Aquitaine.

Of these infected people, Public Health France specifies that 85 of them were the subject of an epidemiological investigation. All the cases investigated are men, aged between 20 and 63 years (median age: 35 years). Still among these cases of infection, 4 concern immunocompromised people, 2 of them required hospitalization but they have now been discharged.

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As in other European countries, these cases occurred mainly, but not exclusively, in men who have sex with men (MSM), with no direct link to people returning from endemic areas. The majority of cases report multiple sexual partners. Most of the cases investigated declare that they cannot identify the person who allegedly infected them.

Finally, 4 of the cases investigated are secondary cases, not vaccinated.

Among the confirmed cases under further investigation by health authorities, 39 traveled, stayed or worked abroad before the onset of their symptoms, some of them in several different countries: 18 trips are thus reported in Spain , 6 in Belgium, 5 in Germany, 1 in Portugal, 1 in the United Kingdom, 1 in the Netherlands, 1 in Morocco, 1 in India, 2 in Switzerland, 1 in the United States, 2 in Mali and 1 in Colombia . These trips do not systematically constitute the origin of the contamination.

Monkeypox virus infection most often begins with a fever, which is frequently high and accompanied by headaches, body aches and asthenia. After about 2 days, a vesicular eruption appears, made up of vesicles filled with liquid which evolve towards drying out, the formation of crusts and then scarring. Itching may occur. The vesicles tend to be concentrated on the face, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The mucous membranes are also affected, in the mouth and the genital area. The lymph nodes are swollen and painful, under the jaw and in the neck.

The incubation of the disease can range from 5 to 21 days.

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