Chickenpox in Brittany: 13 confirmed cases in the region, we take stock

A vaccination center dedicated to monkeypox opens its doors in Paris.
Six monkeypox vaccination centers are in operation in Brittany. (©Illustration/Adobe Stock/Tobias Arhelger).

If most cases of varicella are detected on the Île-de-France, the Brittany is not spared by this virus that is re-emerging among the population. On July 26, 2022, 13 cases were confirmed in the Brittany region (i.e. plus 3 on July 21) of 1,837 cases nationwide, according to the French Public Health situation update.

What are the symptoms?

The 13 people infected in Brittany have symptoms common to other cases in France. contacted by Rennes newsARS Bretagne specifies that skin lesions were detected in these Breton cases. These lesions are formed by fluid-filled vesicles that progress downwards. drying, the formation of scabs and then scarring.

Of itch also appear. “They are more focused on faceat the anogenital area, they palm trees and feet solesbut also in trunk and limbs. O mucous membranes are also concerned, in the mouth and genital area, specifies the ARS.

This rash can be accompanied fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. O lymph nodes lymphatics can be swollen and painfulunder the mandible, at the level of the neck or in the fold of older boy. Of sore throat are also reported by infected people.

I’incubation disease can vary from 5 to 21 days. The febrile phase lasts about 1 to 3 days and the disease cures most often spontaneously, after 2 to 3 weeks, but sometimes 4 weeks.

And the vaccination?

At this stage of the epidemic in the region, there is no provision for a Brittany, unlike Paris, where a vaccination center opened on Monday, July 25, 2022. However, preventive vaccination is possible at six vaccination centers:

  • Rennes University Hospital: 02 99 28 95 64 or [email protected]
  • Vannes CH: 02 97 01 99 55.
  • Lorient CH: 02 97 06 76 20.
  • Saint-Brieuc Hospital: 02 96 01 72 99.
  • Quimper CH: 02 90 94 40 66.
  • CH Brest: 0 800 08 13 29.

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preventive vaccination against smallpox (monkeypox in English) is organized throughout the summer. On a national level, as of July 25, 2022, 42,000 doses have already been withdrawn from strategic stockpiles. 8,400 people were vaccinated in France.

The distribution of doses in Brittany, as in the whole of France, it evolves every week according to the needs of the ARS.

Who can get vaccinated?

Since July 11, 2022, in addition to the people who had risky contact with a sick person, people who fit the indications retained by HAS can make an appointment to be vaccinated throughout the territory:

  • O men who have sex with men communicating multiple sexual partners.
  • O trans people communicating multiple sexual partners.
  • O sex workers.
  • O professionals working in places of sexual consumption.

O vaccination can also be considered case by case for the Health professionals took to take take care of sick people.

How to get vaccinated?

Remembering that the vaccination schedule includes 2 doses with an interval of 28 days (or 1 single dose for people who have already been vaccinated against smallpox and 3 doses for immunocompromised people). Vaccination can be carried out by a doctor or by an IDE under medical prescription.

Volunteers and data subjects will be able to access vaccination based on a self-declaration of their status as a target person for vaccination, after assessing the individual benefit-risk balance of this vaccination.

Vaccination does not provide immediate protection, so it is important to continue to avoid risky contact with anyone infected or suspected of having Monkeypox virus.

How is smallpox transmitted?

Monkeypox virus is transmitted by direct contact with lesions on the skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by the drops (saliva, sneezing, sneezing, etc.).

O sexual intercourse, with or without penetration, meet these contamination conditions, and having multiple partners increases the risk expose yourself to the virus. In particular, direct contact with damaged skin during sexual intercourse facilitates transmission.

Contamination can also occur in contact with the patient’s environment (bedding, clothes, crockery, bath towels, etc.). It is therefore important that patients respect isolation throughout the duration of the disease (until the last crusts disappear, usually 3 weeks).

To answer questions from the public, Public Health France has been offering a telephone information platform since Wednesday, July 13, 2022: Monkeypox infoservice on 0 801 90 80 69. It is accessible 7 days a week from 8 am to 11 pm. from a landline in France).

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