Monkey pox: 1 confirmed case in St Martin

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The ARS wishes to inform the population of the Northern Islands of the identification, this August 1, of a confirmed case of Monkey Pox (Monkey Pox) on the territory. The patient, placed in isolation, had been taken care of as soon as the first suggestive signs appeared. His relatives are also informed and supported.

As a reminder, the monkeypox virus can be transmitted by direct contact with lesions on the skin or mucous membranes of a sick person as well as by droplets (saliva, sneezing, sputter, etc.). Sexual intercourse brings together these conditions for contamination; and having multiple partners increases the risk of being exposed to the virus. In particular, direct contact with damaged skin during sexual intercourse facilitates transmission. 

In the majority of cases, the symptoms are mild and can be treated at home. They will disappear in 2 to 4 weeks (fever, headaches, appearance of pimples on the face, the body, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet which turn into scabs and then fall off).

Vaccination (including preventive) is possible against this disease; contact the CEGGID of the CH LCF (05 90 52 26 74) which offers information and free vaccinations, in complete confidentiality, on:

Monday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 15 p.m. – 16 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 16 p.m.

Wednesday : 9h - 16h

Thursday: 12 p.m. – 19 p.m.

Friday : 9h - 16h

It should be noted that the inhabitants of Saint-Barthélemy wishing to access vaccination must, for the moment, approach the CEGGID of Saint-Martin. The methods of dispensing these vaccines will be adapted to the expression of requests.

Everyone's vigilance is necessary to limit the spread of this new condition.

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