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30 Jun 2019 | 04:24 PM UTC

France: Chickenpox outbreaks reported in four regions as of mid-June

France News Alert

High chickenpox case rates reported in four French regions as of mid-June; ensure vaccinations are up to date

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Pays de la Loire region, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Southeast of France, Hauts de France region

Event

The French General Practitioners' Network has reported that four French regions are experiencing outbreaks of chickenpox as of mid-June, including Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and Hauts-de-France. As of the week starting Monday, June 17, the Network estimated countrywide chickenpox case rates stand at 28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Further spread of the outbreaks is likely over the coming weeks.

Context

Chickenpox is a contagious infection that appears on the skin of an infected individual ten to 21 days after exposure. The virus typically lasts about five to ten days. The rashes on the skin may be accompanied by fever, loss of appetite, headache, and tiredness. The virus typically affects children but can be particularly dangerous in adult cases.

Advice

Individuals in or planning travel to France are advised to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Anyone experiencing the abovementioned symptoms is urged to seek medical attention.

 

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