Monkey pox: 277 cases were recorded in France, including a woman

Paris, Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – 94 new cases were recorded in France in five days, including for the first time in a woman.

Until two months ago, monkeypox, a zoonotic disease caused by a virus similar to “classic” smallpox, was known only to a few virologists and tropical disease specialists. But since the beginning of May, thousands of cases have been reported in the West, especially in Europe, and the virus is now increasingly monitored by various national and international epidemiological bodies.

Over 500 cases in the UK

In France, the latest report from Public Health France, published on Tuesday, reported 277 laboratory-confirmed cases (including 195 in Ile-de-France) since May 7, including an additional 94 observations since June 15. For the first time since the beginning of the outbreak of this epidemic, a case of infection was discovered in a woman, without specifying the method of contamination. 78% of the cases examined showed anal genomic eruption, 70% fever and 69% lymphadenopathy. No serious cases or deaths have been reported.

Worldwide, there were more than 2,100 confirmed cases as of June 15, with the hardest-hit countries being the United Kingdom (524 cases), Spain (313 cases) and Germany (263 cases). Only one death from the virus has been confirmed in Nigeria. As the virus is now well established in Europe, where 84% of cases are detected, the WHO no longer distinguishes between eligible regions as endemic (Central and West Africa) and non-endemic regions.

Gay vaccination in danger?

Although a female case discovered in France shows that monkeypox can infect any individual, the disease appears to affect almost exclusively men who have sex with men (MSM). If the public health authority in France prefers to speak humbly about ” Cases that occur mainly but not exclusively among men who have sex with men The data analyzed in other European countries are more straightforward. Thus, of the 19 cases studied in Portugal, 18 are homosexual and 14 are HIV carriers. The first four cases in Italy are homosexuals (two of them are HIV-positive), three of whom participated in a gay festival in Spain and one as a “sex worker”. Finally, UKHSA, the British equivalent of public health in France, noted that of the 152 patients questioned, 151 identified themselves as gay or bisexual.

Despite this overrepresentation of homosexuals among infected people, experts are not yet certain that monkeypox is strictly a sexually transmitted disease, as its transmission could simply be facilitated by sexual promiscuity. In any case, these numbers have prompted the UK to change its strategy to combat the virus. From now on, smallpox vaccination is no longer recommended only for cases of contact, but for all homosexual men who are considered at risk because they have multiple sexual partners. Vaccine access rules are now aligned with those of PrEP.

Laboratory plot or monkeys?

Monkeypox is the source of questions about its mode of transmission and, like any pandemic, the subject of conspiracy theory. Some netizens do not hesitate to associate the current pandemic with the vaccination against Covid-19, which seems to them the mother of all evil. These emerging scientists are taking the proven fact that AstraZenecca’s Covid vaccine is based on chimpanzee adenovirus, to the completely wrong conclusion that the monkeypox rash is actually a reaction to the vaccine.

But as Inserm stated in a press release on May 23, not only are the adenovirus used in the British vaccine and the monkeypox vaccine completely different, but above all monkeypox has nothing to do with our monkey cousins! This disease takes its name from an epidemic that occurred in monkeys at a zoo in Copenhagen in 1970. AstraZeneca has nothing to do with it, and it has nothing to do with poor chimpanzees.

Quentin Harush

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