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Monkey pox: what else we know about this infectious disease
  • 1 The disease should soon change its name

  • While the name has been circulating widely in the media in recent weeks, monkeypox is expected to change its name soon, announced Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO (World Health Organization). The names of the strains, currently referring directly to Africa, should also be changed.

    On June 10, around thirty scientists had also expressed themselves in a forum, asking to adopt “a neutral, non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising nomenclature” because according to them, “the recent global epidemic was detected without a clear link with Africa”.

    Also note that the name “monkey pox” is imprecise, since the disease can also be transmitted “by rodents, squirrels and non-human primates”, as the scientists explain.

  • 2 Three cases have so far been confirmed in Brittany

  • On Tuesday June 21, Public Health France announced that it had identified two cases in Brittany, in addition to the first case detected on Thursday June 16. If the first case concerned a man residing in the Morbihan department, the location of the other two cases was not specified by the health authorities.

    Brittany is thus added to the list of ten other regions affected by monkeypox, only the Pays de la Loire region and Corsica having no cases for the moment. Brittany is however still very far from being among the regions with the most cases: in Ile-de-France, 195 patients have been identified. In total, in France, 277 people are currently infected.

  • 3 A first female case has now been identified

  • Since the first case detected in France on May 20, only men have so far been affected by the disease. On its English website, the WHO also specifies that “patients who initially contracted monkeypox were mainly, but not exclusively, identified as men who have sex with men. »

    But on Tuesday, the French public health agency announced that a “first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is under investigation”. Because if men have so far been more affected, the WHO specifies that “everyone can catch monkeypox”, as soon as there is close interaction with an infected person.

  • 4 Only one laboratory manufactures a licensed vaccine

  • While there are several vaccines against smallpox, only one has so far been specifically licensed against monkeypox. This is the vaccine from the Danish laboratory Bavaran Nordic, to which approval was given in 2019. The laboratory assured that it could “easily supply the world market. We have a few million doses in bulk, we can bottle them and ensure the current outbreak is dealt with.”

    As for other smallpox vaccines, they would be about 85% effective against monkeypox, according to the WHO. In France, vaccination against smallpox has not been compulsory since 1984, in view of the serious adverse effects it could cause.

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