Monkeypox: You've come across a contaminated person, how do you know if you're in contact?

Monkeypox: You’ve come across a contaminated person, how do you know if you’re in contact?


While the number of cases of monkeypox continues to slowly increase in France, Public Health France has clarified the circumstances in which a person may be considered a contact case.

Cases of smallpox are a little more common in France on June 1, indicated Public Health France in a situation this Wednesday.

Thus, the country There are now 33 confirmed cases of Monkeypox, the vast majority of which are in Ile-de-France. Occitania is the second most affected region with 4 cases. There are also 2 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 1 in Haut-de-France, 1 in Center-Val de Loire and 1 case in Normandy.

Mandatory declaration

The fact that these cases do not appear to be related to “people returning from an endemic area” suggests contamination in Europe and “constitutes an alert”, notes public health France. In order to better monitor the evolution of the virus, France has set up a mandatory reporting system and is strengthening its prevention among health professionals.

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In a document, intended for health professionals for epidemiological investigations around suspicious, probable and confirmed cases of Monkeypox, Public Health France details the criteria that make a person can be considered a contact case.

It then distinguishes between two categories of contact persons: “at risk” contact persons and “negligible risk” contact persons.

Contact person at risk

It is therefore considered a risky contact case “any person who has had a unprotected direct physical contact with injured skin or biological fluids of a probable or confirmed symptomatic caseregardless of the circumstances including sexual intercourse, medical or paramedical care, or sharing of toiletries, or contact with textiles (clothing, bath linen, bedding) or dirty dishes used in the probable case or confirmed symptomatic “.

But also, “anyone who has had unprotected contact within 2 meters for 3 hours with a probable or confirmed symptomatic case. “By these people, SPF means close or close friends, a person who shares your place of life, with whom you have traveled a long way, who works in the same office, the same class, the same gym …

Negligible risk contact person

This is a person who has been in contact with a probable or confirmed and symptomatic case in the same circumstances as those detailed above, but with protective measures effective against direct physical contact.

By effective protective measures, SPF means “wearing waterproof gloves (latex, nitrile, rubber), and with respect to respiratory contact are surgical masks and FFP2, and hygiaphones.”

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