Monkey pox: transmission through food “cannot be excluded”, according to ANSES

Although many cases of monkeypox today follow direct contact with an infected person (during sexual intercourse in particular), an ANSES report specifies that transmission via food cannot be excluded. .

As recalled by ANSES, monkeypox “can be transmitted by direct contact with skin lesions or mucous membranes of a sick person as well as by their respiratory droplets (saliva, sneezing, sputter).” But the virus still presents many mysteries. This is why the National Health Security Agency (ANSES) has been contacted urgently in order to also assess the risk of transmission through food.

A risk that cannot be excluded

To date, transmission of the virus by ingestion of contaminated food has not been proven. But the Agency specifies that this risk cannot be excluded. “A food can be contaminated directly by a sick person, in particular if the latter handles it when they have lesions (…) The food can also be contaminated after contact with a surface that is itself contaminated. Transmission to the human being via the food could then occur by ingestion or handling of the contaminated food.

ANSES also recalls that you should neither handle food nor cook for other people when you have infected wounds on your hands, whatever their origin. This also applies in the event of symptoms evoking monkey pox (rashes, fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, etc.).

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