Vaccines to combat the monkeypox epidemic will soon be available

Since July 8, the High Authority for Health (HAS) has been recommending vaccination to groups of people most exposed to the monkeypox virus. In the Alpes-Maritimes, it will be offered from July 18 at the Nice University Hospital.

47 cases of monkeypox have already been identified in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur as of mid-July. the epidemic that has declared in the UK in May 2022 is spreading across the world. In total, in France, 828 cases have been confirmed.

On the recommendation of the High Authority for Health (HAS), Nice University Hospital is opening vaccination shifts as soon as July 18. In Doctolib it is very difficult to get an appointment, the quotas are already full and doses are limited. Only those most at risk are affected by this vaccine.

However, other centers in the department should receive in the coming weeks, say our colleagues from beautiful morning

In the PACA region, six vaccination centers have been established, one in each department. Vaccination is free, but it is necessary to make an appointment.

The spread of monkeypox particularly affects men who have homosexual sex. To date, in France, 97% of the cases in which sexual orientation is given have occurred in men who have sex with men.

“Of the cases for which information is available, 75% report having had at least two sexual partners in the three weeks prior to the onset of symptoms”declares public health France.

LGBTQIA+ associations ask health authorities to target a population, in this case men who have sex with men and sex workers, to protect them, but they also want to avoid any stigmatization. When you stigmatize someone because they are sick, you remove them from society and that does not encourage treatment or enter a circuit of prevention”, explains Erwann Le Hô, coordinator of the Côte d’Azur LGBTQIA+ Center, about France information.

But caution nonetheless about its broadcast world as five women have been affected, as well as two children. According to the first elements, any close contact with an infected person can lead to transmission of the virus. Clothing, bedding, towels, and items such as cookware and dishes that have been contaminated with the virus can be a source of transmission. The virus can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to the fetus through the placenta, or from an infected parent to the child during or after delivery through skin-to-skin contact.

The classic symptoms of monkeypox are: fever, severe headache, muscle aches, back pain, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, rash or lesions.

On Twitter, several patient testimonials are flourishing:

The rash usually appears one to three days after the onset of the fever. Skin lesions are usually flat or slightly raised, may contain clear or yellowish fluid, then form a crust that dries and eventually falls off. The number of injuries varies from a few to several thousand. The rash is usually concentrated on the face, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet. Lesions may also appear in the mouth, genitals, and eyes.

Symptoms usually resolve spontaneously after two to four weeks No treatment.

Since the beginning of May, an unusual rebound has been observed outside the countries ofCentral and West Africa, where the virus is endemic and usually generates relatively few cases there. Known in humans since 1970, monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals. However, in the current outbreak, human-to-human transmission is at the forefront, the WHO considers it likely that the actual number of cases is higher, and considers that the virus should already have been circulating before the current outbreak.

Since the Covid19 epidemic, various scientists we agree that pandemics are likely to multiply, due to our consumption patterns and globalization.

In France, until 1979 the smallpox vaccine was compulsory.

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