a suspected case identified in the Paris region, a first in France

The disease is characterized by symptoms similar to those caused by smallpox in the past. But it is less serious, assures the WHO.

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Posted and 19/05/2022 20:55

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The virus is now on our territory. A first case “suspect” monkey pox has been identified in Ile-de-France, announces the general direction of health, Thursday, May 19. This is the first case in our country.

Monkeypox, usually confined to parts of Africa, has emerged in Europe and North America. More than thirty cases have been confirmed in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and the United States, according to the health authorities of the countries concerned.

The disease is characterized by symptoms similar to those caused by smallpox in the past. But it is less serious, assures the World Health Organization. Initially, the infected patient experiences a fever, severe headache, muscle aches, characteristic inflammation of the lymph nodes, back pain and severe fatigue. Then pimples appear, first on the face, then in the palms of the hands and on the soles of the feet. The oral mucous membranes, the genitals and the cornea can also be affected by this important rash. The disappearance of symptoms takes, in the majority of cases, two to three weeks, explains the WHO.

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