He is currently in an isolation room, but is not undergoing treatment, this is not justified. Professor Denis Malvy, infectious disease specialist at the Bordeaux University Hospital, wants to be reassuring: “Like all patients affected by this infection, he will have to isolate himself for twenty-one days, a priori he will then be able to go home and relax. isolate again at home. I remind you that the mode of transmission is by large droplets, you have to stay at least a good hour near a person positive for monkeypox to be infected. If the patient has a fever, the virus is then transmitted in the sweat and what is called excreta (substances rejected outside the body).
An ongoing investigation
Out of respect for the patient, the CHU refuses to give details of the origin of his infection. Has he traveled? Did he participate in collective demonstrations? On the other hand, the disease being notifiable, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of New Aquitaine has begun its investigative work. Exactly, as in the first waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, the agents traced the entourage of the infected patient. This involves bringing to light potential contact cases, informing them of the situation so that they may isolate themselves and observe their state of health.
“The man hospitalized at the CHU saw his symptoms appear at the end of last week, no doubt, adds Professor Malvy. A feverish state, then skin lesions. It was during this period that he began to be contagious, like chickenpox in a way. But I would point out that monkeypox is much less contagious than chickenpox. To contain the transmission, contact persons will be alerted by the ARS in the coming hours, will be monitored for some and vaccinated for those who have been in a more intimate relationship.