France has recorded a total of 2,171 reported cases of monkeypox, Health Minister François Braun announced Tuesday in the National Assembly during questions to the government.
Monkeypox has been endemic for decades in central and western Africa, but an unusual increase in cases has been seen since May in Europe and North America. , notably.
Several deaths have been recorded in West Africa, two have been recorded in Spain, one in India, one also in Peru and another in Brazil.
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Usually transmitted to humans through contact with wild animals, the virus responsible for this zoonosis can also be transmitted through direct contact with skin lesions or mucous membranes of a sick person, especially during sexual intercourse, but also through contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, dishes, bath linen, etc.).
According to a projection by the WHO regional office for Europe, the cumulative number of infections was expected to exceed 27,000 by Tuesday in a total of 88 countries analyzed.
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