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HEALTH – Cases continue to climb. 277 monkeypox virus infections have been reported in France according to a report published on Tuesday 21 june by Public Health France. Among the latest cases recorded, there is for the first time a woman. An investigation by health authorities is underway to better understand the mode of transmission of the virus.
Until now, the virus has mainly, but not exclusively, affected men who have sex with men. As a reminder, monkey pox first results in a high fever and quickly spreads into a rash. The disease usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks.
About forty countries are now affected by the virus. In France, cases continue to increase. Five days ago, the latest assessment reported 183 cases and no patient died.
The name of monkeypox should change
In the detail of the cases in France, there are “195 in Île-de-France, 16 in Occitania, 14 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 16 in New Aquitaine, 12 in Hauts-de-France, 12 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 6 in Normandy, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 1 in the Grand Est and 3 in Brittany”, specifies this Tuesday Public Health France.
With this outbreak, the World Health Organization is considering making it a global emergency. But the health authority do not fear, for now, that the spread of monkeypox virus beyond African countries could justify a global pandemic.
As the disease is no longer limited to a dozen African countries, the WHO indicated last week that it wanted to “change the name of the virus” from monkeypox. Without openly explaining the reasons for this choice, this decision would come after many concerns that these terms are stigmatizing for African countries. Beyond the virus, the name of the strains, such as the “West African strain and the Congo Basin strain”, should also be changed. The WHO says it is concerned that Africa is targeted as the focus of the virus, as has already been the case for Ebola, for example.
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