Monkey pox: a first case detected in a child in France, “not a health emergency” according to the WHO

A first case of “Monkeypox”, monkey pox has been detected in France. The announcement made by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Île-de-France indicates that he shows no signs of seriousness.

This is the first case of monkeypox identified in a child in France. This Saturday, June 25, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Île-de-France indicates that this first case has been identified “identified within the same siblings”.

Schooled in a school in the Paris region, the child shows no alarming signs. “Measures have been taken with National Education and a message has been translated to the parents of children who are contacts at risk from the school reported by the child”, reports the ARS.

And the Health Agency recalls that “the characteristics and the contagiousness of this disease mean that it can also affect children in a family setting by sharing linens, living rooms, cutlery, in particular. the case in some countries where this virus is endemic and where transmission can occur through close contact with a person who shows signs of the disease”.

No global health emergency for WHO

At the same time and while more than 3,200 cases have been reported worldwide, the WHO said on Saturday the global outbreak of this disease was not a global health emergency for the moment. The epidemic mainly affects countries in Western Europe.

“In addition, since the beginning of 2022, nearly 1,500 suspected cases and around 70 deaths have been reported in Central Africa, mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Central African Republic and in Cameroon”, specified Thursday Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, head of the ‘institution.

However, if the WHO does not yet sound the alarm bell, “the emergency committee has shared deep concerns about the scale and speed of spread of the current epidemic”, noting many unknowns on the phenomenon, he said in a statement.

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