Monkeypox: 2,889 confirmed cases and more than 100,000 doses delivered in France

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Both the number of confirmed cases and the number of doses delivered continue to rise. 189 vaccination points have been opened in the territory to counteract the spread of the epidemic.

The monkeypox vaccination campaign is beginning to ramp up in France with more than 100,000 doses delivered to centers, while the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, Public Health France (SPF) said on Friday.

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On Thursday, 2,889 confirmed cases of monkeypox were identified in France, the health agency reports in a situation update. All male adults involved with the exception of 34 women and 7 children, specifies SPF. That’s three more children since the previous report published on Wednesday.

Also, last week it was reported in the medical journal about the contamination of a dog by its masters in Paris. the lancet.

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More than 1,500 cases for Île-de-France

In terms of the geographical distribution of cases according to place of residence or notification, Île-de-France remains largely in the lead with almost 1,700 identified cases, followed by Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte. d’Azur with 251, 217 and 203 cases, respectively.

The number of new cases registered in a week has decreased slightly compared to the previous week (216 vs. 250). But this does not necessarily reflect a slowdown in the epidemic because contact cases with suggestive clinical signs are not necessarily proven.

To counteract the epidemic, 189 vaccination points (centers, pharmacies, etc.) were opened in the territory and as of Thursday a total of 103,000 doses of vaccine had been delivered, or 46,475 additional doses in one week. As of August 17, 43,767 doses had been administered, reports the Ministry of Health.

A target audience of approximately 250,000 people for the vaccine.

A figure still far from the 37,000 weekly vaccinations requested last week by the associations to allow the entire public considered at risk of contamination to be vaccinated before the end of the summer.

Since July 11, vaccination against monkeypox has been offered nationwide to men who have sex with men and trans people who declare they have multiple sexual partners, sex workers and professionals who work in places of sexual consumption.

This target population was estimated in July, for men who have had sex with men with multiple partners in the last six months alone, at “some 250,000 people,” by the High Authority for Health (HAS).

Author: JD with AFP
Source: BFM TV

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