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Monkey pox in Brittany: 13 confirmed cases in the region, we take stock

Six monkeypox vaccination centers are in place in Brittany. (©Illustration/Adobe Stock/Tobias Arhelger).

If the majority of cases of monkey pox are detected in Île-de-France, the Brittany is not spared by this virus which is resurfacing among the population. As of July 26, 2022, 13 cases have been confirmed in the Brittany region (i.e. 3 more as of July 21) out of 1,837 cases at the national level, according to the situation update from Public Health France.

What are the symptoms ?

The 13 people infected in Brittany have common symptoms with the other cases in France. Contacted by News RennesARS Bretagne specifies that skin lesions were detected in these Breton cases. These lesions are made up of fluid-filled vesicles that progress downwards. drying out, formation of scabs followed by scarring.

Of the itching also appear. “They focus more on the facein the anogenital area, them palms and soles of the feetbut also on trunk and limbs. The mucous membranes are also concerned, in the mouth and genital area, specifies the ARS.

This eruption may be accompanied fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. The lymph nodes lymphatics can be swollen and painfulunder the jaw, at the level of the neck or at the fold of oldest boy. Of the sore throat are also reported by infected persons.

L’incubation disease can range from 5 to 21 days. The fever phase lasts about 1 to 3 days and the illness cures most often spontaneously, after 2 to 3 weeks but sometimes 4 weeks.

What about vaccination?

At this stage of the epidemic in the region, a vaccinodrome is not envisaged in Brittany, unlike in Paris where a vaccination center opened on Monday July 25, 2022. Preventive vaccination is however possible within six vaccination centres:

  • Rennes University Hospital: 02 99 28 95 64 or [email protected].Fr.
  • CH of Vannes: 02 97 01 99 55.
  • CH of Lorient: 02 97 06 76 20.
  • Hospital of Saint-Brieuc: 02 96 01 72 99.
  • CH of Quimper: 02 90 94 40 66.
  • CH Brest: 0 800 08 13 29.

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preventive vaccination against Monkeypox (monkeypox in English) is organized all summer. At the national level, as of July 25, 2022, 42,000 doses have already been withdrawn from strategic stocks, of which more than 32,000 are in the field. 8400 people have been vaccinated in France.

The distribution of doses in Brittany, like everywhere in France, evolves every week according to the needs of the ARS.

Who can get vaccinated?

Since July 11, 2022, in addition to the people who have had risky contact with a sick person, people falling within the indications retained by the HAS can make an appointment to be vaccinated throughout the country:

  • The men who have sex with men reporting multiple sex partners.
  • The trans people reporting multiple sex partners.
  • The sex workers.
  • The professionals working in places of sexual consumption.

The vaccination can also be considered on a case-by-case basis for the health professionals led to take care for sick people.

How to get vaccinated?

As a reminder, the vaccination schedule includes 2 doses 28 days apart (or 1 single dose for people who have already been vaccinated against smallpox, and 3 doses for immunocompromised people). Vaccination can be carried out by a doctor or by an IDE on medical prescription.

Volunteers and persons concerned will be able to access vaccination on the basis of a self-declaration of their status as a target person for vaccination, after evaluation of the individual benefit-risk balance of this vaccination.

Vaccination does not provide immediate protection, so it is important to continue to avoid risky contact with anyone infected or suspected of having Monkeypox virus.

How is monkeypox transmitted?

The monkeypox virus is transmitted by direct contact with lesions on the skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by the droplets (saliva, sneezing, sputtering, etc.).

The sexual intercourse, with or without penetration, meet these conditions for contamination, and having multiple partners increases the risk to be exposed to the virus. In particular, direct contact with damaged skin during sexual intercourse facilitates transmission.

Contamination can also occur in contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, crockery, bath linen, etc.). It is therefore important that patients respect isolation throughout the duration of the disease (until disappearance of the last scabs, usually 3 weeks).

In order to answer questions from the public, Public Health France has been offering an information telephone platform since Wednesday July 13, 2022: Monkeypox infoservice on 0 801 90 80 69. It is accessible 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. free from a landline in France).

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