Monkey pox: age, gender, region ... a glimpse of cases identified in France

Nearly 900 cases of monkeypox (“monkeypox” in English) were identified worldwide on Friday… including 51 cases in France. Detailed by region, there are 37 in Ile-de-France, 6 in Occitanie, 4 in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, 2 in Normandy, 1 in Hauts-de-France and one in Center Val-de-Loire. This balance sheet, Notified by Public Health FranceIt should increase with the investigation of suspected cases. On Wednesday, only 33 patients were identified.

For the first time, the health agency also revealed several profile items on Friday evening. 43 of the 45 cases identified on Thursday were investigated. They are only men between the ages of 22 and 63. Two of them were immunocompromised, and one was taken to the hospital, but no one died.

The majority (but not all) of these patients are MSM, “without direct connection to returnees from endemic areas” in Africa. Twenty-two of them had traveled abroad before their symptoms appeared, but most cannot determine who infected them.

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This information is consistent with that note abroad. Of the 190 cases identified in the UK on Wednesday, 87% are between the ages of 20 and 49 and at least 111 are gay or bisexual men (and have frequented gay bars, saunas and dating apps).

In terms of age, people over 50 are pre-protected against monkeypox since many of them were vaccinated against the “classic” smallpox, which was eradicated at the end of the 1970s. However, this vaccine provides a “hybrid” type of protection. Regarding sexual orientation, several elements (chance of having multiple groups, more reactive screening, more risky behaviors, etc.) may explain why gays and bisexuals are affected.

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However, health authorities agree that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, can be affected. In the present state of knowledge, transmission occurs mainly through close contact, especially during sexual contact.

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