A first case of monkeypox detected on the island of Reunion

A first case of monkeypox detected on the island of La Ré ;union


The Regional Health Agency (ARS) on the French island of Reunion reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox on Wednesday in a man who was placed in solitary confinement and whose state “does not inspire concern”. 

“He is a man who recently returned from mainland France, where he most likely contracted the infection”, according to the ARS of Reunion. The case was detected after biological analyzes carried out on this patient who had consulted a doctor on Wednesday.

The person is isolated at home and his state of health does not inspire concern, notes the ARS.

An epidemiological investigation was carried out by the ARS and Public Health France, “in conjunction with the doctor who treated the patient”.

The monkeypox , the outbreak of which is affecting some 40 countries, first results in a high fever and quickly evolves into a rash. The disease, hitherto contained in a dozen African countries, usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks.

In France, the virus mainly affects adults, and the vast majority of men. According to figures sent by the ARS of La Réunion, as of September 12, 3833 cases have been recorded in France and “no death has been reported to date”.