A second case of monkeypox confirmed in Corsica

The regional health agency (ARS) of Corsica announces this Tuesday evening that a second case of infection with the Monkeypox virus, also called monkey pox, has been confirmed in Corsica. The infected person “shows no signs of seriousness” indicates the ARS which adds that“early isolation, and the application of the recommended barrier measures made it possible to avoid any risky contact”.

Teams from ARS Corsica and Public Health France conducted an epidemiological investigation which “confirmed the absence of anyone in close contact with this patient” adds the ARS.

A person affected by this virus “can only contaminate from the onset of symptoms (fever, rash, fatigue, etc.) and until the lesions have healed. As long as there are no symptoms, there is no risk of transmission” according to the press release from the ARS.

The virus “is transmitted by contact of the skin or mucous membranes (mouth, sex, anus) with pimples or scabs and/or by droplets (sputter, sneeze…)” inform the ARS.

Preventive vaccination against monkeypox can be offered to people most exposed to the virus following the opinion of the High Health Authority of July 8, 2022:

  • men who have sex with men and report multiple partners and trans people with multiple partners,
  • people in prostitution,
  • professionals working in places of sexual consumption.

According to the latest update published on July 12 by Santé Publique France on its website, 912 people have contracted the virus in the country. The majority of cases (569) are in Île-de-France.

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