A man in his thirties, passing through the Pyrénées-Orientales, tested positive this week.
This is the first official case of Monkeypox in the Pyrénées-Orientales. A man, living in the Paris region and returning from a stay in Spain, tested positive for monkeypox in the middle of the week at Perpignan hospital. The 30-year-old was taken care of and his entourage was vaccinated, before he left for the Paris region. It is for the moment the only case revealed in the department.
During its assessment of June 14, Public Health France recorded 125 cases of monkeypox in France, including 91 in Ile de France and 11 in Occitanie. For the moment, only men aged 20 to 63 are affected. No deaths are to be deplored. Monkeypox is an infectious disease. “It is usually transmitted to humans in forested areas of Central and West Africa by wild rodents or primates, but human-to-human transmission is also possible, particularly within the family home or in care environment”, specifies Public Health France.
“Contamination can also take place in contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, dishes, bath linen, etc.). It is therefore important that patients respect isolation for the duration of the disease (until disappearance). of the last scabs, most often 3 weeks). Direct contact with injured skin during sexual intercourse facilitates transmission”.
The incubation of the disease can range from 5 to 21 days. The fever phase lasts about 1 to 3 days. The disease heals after 2-3 weeks, but sometimes 4 weeks. “The disease is more serious in children and in immunocompromised people. It can be complicated by superinfection of skin lesions or respiratory, digestive, ophthalmological or neurological damage”, concludes Public Health France.