Lyons. Contaminated by Covid, then monkey pox: “I no longer have the right to go out”

Photo montage released on June 22, 2022 by the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showing the skin lesions caused by monkeypox. (©ILLUSTRATION/UK Health Safety)

TESTIMONY ACTU LYON. Twice positive for Covid-19 in a few months and now contaminated with monkeypox (or Monkeypox in English): Yohann, 24, work-study student in Lyon, feels like he’s “bad luck”.

The young man learned this week that he was positive for monkeypox, probably caught at a party. “Last Sunday, I started to have pimples on my stomach but I first thought they were insect bites, spider bites for example”, testifies the young Lyonnais toNews Lyon.

330 cases in France, 21 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

According to Public Health France, as of June 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., 330 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in France: 227 in Ile-de-France, 22 in Occitanie, 21 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 19 in Nouvelle-Aquitaine , 14 in Hauts-de-France, 14 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 6 in Normandy, 3 in Brittany, 1 in Centre-Val de Loire, 1 in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 1 in Pays de la Loire and 1 in the Grand-Est.

Of the 302 cases confirmed as of June 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., 287 have been investigated, four remain unreachable and 11 are under investigation.

Among these cases, a first case concerns a young woman, whose partner (untested) reported that he had a rash 3 weeks before.

Confirmed cases as of June 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. are between 19 and 71 years old (median age: 35 years).

“My friend told me he was positive…”

The situation changes on Tuesday when the Lyonnais begins to feel a ganglion in his throat which hurts him. And then he receives a disturbing text message on his phone. “My friend told me that he was positive for monkey pox…”, continues Yohann. He then begins to make the link with his pimples and becomes a contact case.

During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, he began to have abdominal pain and pimples multiplied on his body. “I don’t have any on my face yet, but all over my legs, stomach, in sensitive areas…”.

Ambulance care

Thursday, the student approaches the infectious disease department of the Croix-Rousse hospital in Lyon. “Given the symptoms and the risk of contamination, they sent me an ambulance. I am very contagious, you have to avoid public transport…”.

He then does a test at 12 p.m. “The doctor took a cotton swab and took samples from the back of the throat, from a pimple, from the genitals…”, according to Yohann. At 6 p.m., the results come in: he is positive for Monkeypox. “I suspected it a little, in addition I am immunocompromised because of Crohn’s disease, so I am more at risk”.

In addition to pimples, the twenty-something also has a headache when he wakes up, feels tired and has a fever.

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“The doctors explained to me that you catch this virus by contact with the skin, because of perspiration or even by talking through the postilions”, continues the patient. He must give the coordinates of his fellow students, his work colleagues and his friends, all contact cases.

Confined for three weeks: “I don’t want to see anyone”

Yohann will have to follow a strict rule: no contact for three weeks until July 10.

“I am extremely contagious, I cannot see anyone for 3 weeks, none of my relatives, my friends…” The student with a busy social life will have to adapt: ​​teleworking for his work-study program, shopping delivered or dropped off by friends… “And only in front of the door!” “.

In the meantime, he is patient in spite of himself and receives regular phone calls from the doctors to check on his state of health.

“It’s going to be long and boring, I’ll be able to catch up on my late series”, ironically the student. Upon learning of his illness, which cannot be cured by any treatment, “friends wished me good luck, others offered me help and some seemed to be surprised. They understood that it was not just a Twitter caption this monkeypox…”

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