Of this total, 24 cases were reported in Ile-de-France, two in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, one in Hauts-de-France, one in Center-Val de Loire, four in Occitanie and one in Normandy, according to figures from Public Health France (SPF). This count was stopped Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., specifies the public body.

A new updated report will be published on Friday. The previous one, communicated on Sunday, reported 16 confirmed cases. “The situation is evolving (…) very quickly”, which justifies a system of “permanent monitoring” of the transmission of this virus, explained SPF.

The Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, had indicated last week that the authorities did not expect an “outbreak” of the disease, and that the country had sufficient stocks of vaccines for people with contact cases.

Faced with cases of monkeypox, the High Authority for Health recommended on May 24 the vaccination of adults, including health professionals, who have had risky contact with a patient.

Monkey pox (“monkeypox” in English) or “simian orthopoxvirosis” is a disease considered rare, known in humans since 1970. It is caused by a DNA virus.