The Minister of Health is launching free tests to deal with the resurgence of cases of the disease. A decree will be published by the end of the week, following the recommendations of the High Authority for Health.
Accelerate in the face of monkeypox, which is gradually gaining ground in France. François Braun, the Minister of Health, announced the free screening tests for the disease.
“Even if monkey pox is detected most often and very generally by a clinical examination, it happens that a biological test is necessary to complete the diagnosis. A decree will be published by the end of the week which will allow charged by Health Insurance”, explained the former emergency doctor during questions to the government before the Senate this Wednesday afternoon.
A mainly visual diagnosis
It thus follows the recommendations of the High Authority for Health. In a notice dated July 21 and made public on Mondaythe institution has come out in favor of the reimbursement of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), which make it possible to detect monkeypox, also called Monkeypoxwhile specifying that the diagnosis of infection is based first on the clinical examination and the questioning of the patient.
François Braun also held another speech a few hours earlier on France info this Wednesday.
“It’s not a diagnosis that is based on tests. You have lesions, you shouldn’t hesitate to go to your doctor who will be able to tell you right away, even in telemedicine. The lesions are typical and we will see easily,” he explained.
WHO maximum alert
This decision comes as the disease is gradually gaining ground on European soil, whereas in the past it was limited to the African continent. As of July 26, 1,837 cases have been confirmed in France, mostly in men who have sex with men, with an epicenter in Île-de-France.
Evidence of global concern, the World Health Organization triggered the maximum alert level for the disease on July 23with 17,000 cases recorded in 74 countries.
“Detection by NAAT only intervenes to confirm or not the infection by the virus, when the clinical picture is not sufficiently explicit”, further supports the HAS. These tests can be carried out, in order of priority, by mucosal, cutaneous and oropharyngeal samples.
Monkey pox is characterized in particular by impressive pustules which appear on the body of the patient, and, according to the first scientific publications, can be contracted during sexual intercourse.