France had 330 confirmed cases of infection with the monkeypox virus on Thursday, health authorities announced, adding that the first infected woman had a partner who previously reported a rash. “As of June 23, 2022, 330 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France,” said the French Public Health agency.
The previous report, Tuesday, reported 277 cases, including, for the first time, a woman.
In the case of this “young woman”, the health agency said on Thursday, “the (untested) partner reported that he had had a rash three weeks before”.
Until now, the current outbreak of monkeypox, which is affecting some forty countries, mainly but not exclusively concerns men who have had homosexual relations, with no direct link to people returning from endemic areas.
WHO calls for vigilance and transparency
The WHO on Thursday called on countries for vigilance and transparency in the face of the rare outbreak of more than 3,200 cases of monkeypox worldwide, pending a decision on whether to trigger its highest degree of outbreak. ‘alert. Faced with this situation, the World Health Organization brought together international experts on Thursday to determine whether the situation constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern”, as is the case for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision should not be known before at least this Friday.
A higher number of actual cases
An unusual upsurge in monkeypox cases has been detected since May outside the countries of West and Central Africa where the virus normally circulates. The European region is at the center of the spread of the virus.
“We need all countries to remain vigilant and build capacity to prevent the transmission of monkeypox virus. It is likely that many countries will have missed opportunities to identify cases, including cases that have not traveled recently,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
The WHO considers it likely that the true number of cases is higher, and considers that the virus must have already been circulating before the current outbreak – possibly since 2017 – without its transmission being detected.
Monkeypox first manifests as a high fever and quickly progresses to a rash. The disease, hitherto contained in a dozen African countries, usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks.
Of all the cases observed in France, there are “227 in Ile-de-France, 22 in Occitania, 21 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 19 in New Aquitaine, 14 in Hauts-de-France, 14 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 6 in Normandy, 3 in Brittany, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 1 in Pays de la Loire and 1 in Grand-Est “, detail health authorities.
Among the cases investigated, 77% presented a genito-anal rash, 73% a rash on another part of the body, 71% a fever, etc. Among the cases investigated, 13 are immunocompromised. None died.