While Europe is barely recovering from COVID-19, it has to deal with another very rare disease that comes from Africa: monkey pox, also called Monkeypox.
Several cases of infections have been reported since May 14, and those infected would not have a direct link with a trip to Central or West Africa.
In the United Kingdom, 9 cases have been reported by the authorities. The first three cases belonging to the same family were diagnosed on May 13, 2022, in a baby and his parents. The 6 other cases, confirmed later, have no epidemiological link with the first two cases but had a common characteristic: they are infected by a Monkeypox virus belonging to the West African viral clade without having been in contact with people there. having set foot there.
Portugal meanwhile reported on May 13, 2022, 5 cases whose infection was confirmed and 15 other suspects.
A first case of Monkeypox in France:
France was also affected with a first case of monkey pox confirmed this Thursday, May 19, 2022 in Île de France. Indeed, according to the general directorate of health, the individual is a 19-year-old man who has never traveled to a country at risk.
Nevertheless, a more in-depth investigation is being carried out by Public Health France and the regional health agency of Île-de-France, in coordination with the doctor who treated this person.
The people who have been in contact with this patient are being listed in order to have the markets to follow and therefore avoid further contamination. As for the patient, he was immediately taken care of in order to avoid complications, and given his fairly stable condition, he is isolated at home.
What is monkeypox and how is it transmitted?
This virus is the cause of an infectious disease transmitted to humans by animals. It is a rare disease found mainly in isolated areas of central and western Africa.
The symptoms are very similar to those of smallpox but less virulent. People with fever, headache, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), back pain, muscle aches, and exhaustion may be noted. 1 to 3 days after the onset of fever, sufferers develop symptoms of a rash.
The virus is generally transmitted to humans from wild animals and “secondary spread by human-to-human transmission is limited” according to the WHO and is described as “low contagious”.