Tarbes.  "Monkey pox is a rapidly expanding epidemic"

Tarbes. “Monkey pox is a rapidly expanding epidemic”

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The cases are multiplying in the Hautes-Pyrénées and the free center for the screening and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (CeGIDD) is obliged to free up vaccination slots.

With 2,239 cases recorded in France, including 196 in Occitania on August 2, monkeypox is “a rapidly expanding epidemic. We do not know the figures for the Hautes-Pyrénées but we are obliged to free up slots to vaccinate priority people (exposed persons or contact case of a patient) and meet the increasing number of requests, explains Doctor Marie Pucheu, head of the Department’s health actions service, including the free information center for screening and diagnosis of infections diseases (CeGIDD) which is one of the only two services in the Hautes-Pyrénées authorized to vaccinate against monkeypox and to take samples for symptomatic people, with the hospital center of Bigorre.

How is it transmitted?

Even if it is not directly a sexually transmitted disease, the majority of cases have occurred in men who have sex with men and by simple close contact “. As specified by the national health agency public, “monkey pox or Monkeypox is transmitted mainly by contact of the skin and mucous membranes (mouth, sex, anus) with pimples or scabs, droplets (sputter, sneeze, etc.) and by close physical contact or sharing of linen (clothing, sheet, towel, etc.), toiletries (razor, toothbrush), dishes, etc. Moreover, sexual intercourse, with or without penetration, therefore meets all the conditions for contamination. Having multiple partners increases the risk of being exposed to the virus. A sick person can contaminate as soon as the symptoms appear and until the lesions heal.


What are the symptoms of the illness ? “Between 5 and 21 days after possible exposure, watch for the appearance of pimples on the face, sex, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, at the level of the anus, chest or limbs, fever , headaches, sore throats, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen and painful glands under the jaw, in the neck or in the fold of the groin”. Do not panic, however: “in most cases, the disease heals on its own in three or four weeks”.

It is recommended that exposed persons or contact cases of a monkey pox patient contact the CeGIDD (0562567494 or CeGIDD65@ha-py.fr) or call 15 for assistance. You can find information on monkey pox on 0801908069 (Monkeypox infoservice) or on the website of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

A delay in reminders linked to the Covid

“We are seeing a delay in vaccine reminders linked to the Covid containment which is still not filled: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, papillomavirus vaccine, etc. It is recommended to show your health record or your vaccination card to your doctor or to come directly to the vaccination center by making an appointment beforehand at 0562567483″ advises Doctor Marie Pucheu. As international travel resumes, the doctor who is also at the head of the international vaccination center, invites travelers “to think about the vaccines necessary before departure, in particular yellow fever, which is compulsory or recommended in middle Africa and in the Amazon, the hepatitis A, typhoid, encephalitis, rabies which are rampant in certain countries”.

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