France recommends targeted MonkeyPox vaccinations

On Tuesday, France’s health authority recommended a targeted vaccination campaign against monkeypox for adults who are at risk, including for those who have been in contact with a patients who have contracted monkeypox.

Health staff who have been exposed to a monkeypox patient should also receive the vaccine, said the French health authority.

It went on to add, this post-exposure reactive strategy made sense given that the incubation period for the virus is often six to 16 days.

The French health authority recommended third-generation monkeypox vaccines saying they should be given ideally within four days and up to 14 days following exposure to the disease.

France has three confirmed cases while Germany has registered five cases, so far.

German authorities have ordered 40,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine in case the outbreak in the country becomes more severe.

On Monday, the World Health Organization said, the outbreak of MonkeyPox virus does not require mass vaccinations since measures such as hygiene and safe sexual behaviour will help to control its spread.

So far, the WHO has registered more than 250 confirmed cases of MonkeyPox with a geographic spread; this is unusual since the disease is endemic in parts of west and central Africa but rare elsewhere. 

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