Variant BA 5, monkey pox… Will we soon have an infection?

We thought we had gotten rid of it, and unfortunately the spread of SARS-CoV-2 continues to increase throughout urban France, with an increase in new hospitalizations, while vaccination coverage of booster doses is still significantly inadequate.

In mainland France, the incidence and positivity rate are increasing in all regions and age groups. The same is true for new hospitalizations, especially among people aged 80 and over.

On the external side, viral indicators are increasing in Guyana. In Martinique, they are starting to decline but are still at very high levels.

BA.2 of Omicron now accounts for only 51% of the interpretable sequences and is gradually being replaced by BA.5, which represents 41% of the sequences to date.

Yesterday, the Minister of Health called for an intensification of the vaccination campaign

In the face of rising cases of coronavirus, the Minister of Health yesterday called for an intensification of the vaccination campaign and “Civil responsibility“, Removal “at this moment» Binding measures.

We are attentive. There is a more intense spread of the virus in European countries, and therefore in France as well“, Under the effect of”A variant, BA.5, is highly contagious but has less severe symptoms than historical variants”, Brigitte Bourguignon told the press. 79,852 new cases were discovered in the past 24 hours, according to the French Public Health.

As Brigitte Bourguignon noted,another weapon“Anti-Covid”Antiviral treatmentsInviting the stakeholders toCall their doctor and pharmacist“.

In response to a question about the possibility of returning to health measures, such as the obligation to wear a mask in transportation, the Minister considered that at this stage, “The current measures are sufficient if everyone participates.prompted.Civil responsibility (…) to avoid additional stress in the hospital“.

Covid-19 vaccination prevented 19.8 million deaths

In fact, according to the study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases today based on data from 185 countries and territories, from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. Vaccination against Covid-19 averted 19.8 million out of 31.4 million deaths in the first year after the introduction of vaccines in December 2021.

However, the Covid virus has made it impossible to hospitalize at least three million people for two years, according to the FHF. A number of deprogrammings that we have never seen so far in France and delays that are hard to catch.

“As of June 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm, 330 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France”

Monkeypox continues to progress: “As of June 23, 2022 at 2:00 PM, 330 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France.‘, said France’s public health agency.

The World Health Organization has called on countries to be vigilant and transparent in the face of a rare outbreak in the world, 3,200 new cases. Waiting to decide whether to trigger the highest alert level.

And the previous report, Tuesday, reported 277 cases, including, for the first time, a woman. in the case of this”Young womanYesterday, the health agency said,Partner (not tested) reported having a rash 3 weeks agoTo date, the current outbreak of monkeypox, which affects about forty countries, is mainly but not exclusively related to men who have had same-sex relations, with no direct link to people returning from endemic areas.

Among the cases investigated, 77% had anal rash.

The disease, which has so far been present in dozens of African countries, usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks. Of all the cases observed in France, there are “1 in Bourgogne-Franch-Comte, one in Pays de la Loire, and one in Grand EstHealth authorities detail.

Of the cases investigated, 77% had an anal genitourinary rash, 73% had rashes on another part of the body, 71% had fever, and 13 had immunodeficiency. Nobody died.

We did not expect there to be such a large number of cases. And it’s kind of hard to see what the tip of the iceberg is»

We need all countries to remain vigilant and build their capacity to prevent the transmission of monkeypox virus. It is likely that many countries have missed opportunities to identify cases, including those with no recent travel.The World Health Organization considers that the true number of cases is likely to be higher, and considers that the virus must have already circulated before the current outbreak – perhaps since 2017, without revealing its transmission.

We did not expect there to be such a large number of cases. And it’s kind of hard to see what the tip of the iceberg is“Especially because screening is not easy,” said Philip Dunton, executive director of United, an organization that helps poor countries prevent, diagnose and treat disease. “There are no easy-to-use tests to check. This is mainly done clinically. Thus the important issue is to perform the tests that are obviously prior and that allow the detection of cases, especially in contact cases.“, It is to explain.



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