3 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Reunion

3 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Reunion
3 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Reunion

This Friday, the ARS of Reunion Island confirmed 3 cases of infection with the Monkeypox virus (monkey pox) over the last two weeks. An epidemiological investigation was immediately implemented, and patients and their contacts were supported, receiving detailed information on what to do. They were encouraged to get vaccinated quickly and to monitor for the appearance of suggestive symptoms.

The ARS recalled that “human-to-human transmission occurs during prolonged face-to-face contact through respiratory droplets or direct contact with an infected person, through bodily fluids, skin lesions or internal mucous membranes such as the mouth, as well as only indirectly through objects that the patient has contaminated, such as clothing or bed linen.”. Symptoms usually appear after an incubation period of 5 to 21 days and include fever, headache, muscle pain, asthenia, and rash.

Infected people are contagious from the appearance of the first symptoms until the skin lesions have completely healed. The recommended isolation period is three weeks to prevent any spread of the virus. Immunocompromised people, pregnant women and young children are particularly at risk of developing severe forms of the disease.

Note that in the event of symptoms such as fever and rash with blisters, it is crucial to contact SAMU Center 15 for appropriate medical guidance. While awaiting medical advice, it is recommended to self-isolate and avoid close contact. Vaccination against Monkeypox is free for exposed groups, according to the recommendations of the High Authority of Health (HAS). It is offered not only to contact persons but also as prevention for groups at risk.

Local health authorities reiterate the importance of vigilance and prevention to limit the spread of the virus and protect public health.

Three vaccination centers are accessible on the island, by appointment:

  • CEGIDD North-East: CHU Félix Guyon Allée des Topazes, Saint-Denis Tel: 02 62 90 55 69
  • CEGIDD Ouest: 29 rue Labourdonnais, Saint-Paul (former MRI premises of the former Gabriel Martin Hospital Center) Tel: 02 62 74 23 80
  • CEGIDD Sud: CHU Sud, Pavilion 3 Tel: 02 62 35 96 30

For any questions about vaccination, consult your doctor or contact 0 801 90 80 69 or refer to the website available.

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