Of this total, 24 cases were recorded in the Ile-de-France region.
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France has 33 cases “confirmed” of smallpox virus infection, health officials reported on Thursday, June 2nd. Of this total, 24 cases were reported in Ile-de-France, two in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, one in Hauts-de-France, one in Center-Val de Loire, four in Occitania and one in Normandy, according to French Public Health figures. The count was stopped at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the agency said.
A new updated balance sheet will be released on Friday. The previous one, released on Sunday, reported 16 confirmed cases. “The situation is changing (…) very fast”which justifies a device of “sustainable monitoring” of the transmission of this virus, explained Public Health France.
However, the World Health Organization wanted to reassure, saying Monday not to fear for now that the spread of the virus beyond African countries could trigger a pandemic. The Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, also said last week that the authorities did not expect a “burst” and that France had sufficient stocks of vaccines for people in contact.