Variole du singe: “Vous allez paniquer quand vous saurez comment j’ai eu le monkeypox”… Le témoignage de cet Espagnol qui interpelle

Variole du singe: "Vous allez paniquer quand vous saurez comment j'ai eu le monkeypox"... Le témoignage de cet Espagnol qui interpelle

The diatribe of a Spaniard has gone viral. He says that he was infected with monkeypox while buying a scooter at a second-hand resale site.

The testimony of this Spaniard questions and the media throughout the Pyrenees have not been slow to echo his “thread” published this Saturday on Twitter for going against the main recommendations, in particular from the WHO.

Mei Rito, who does not specify which region he is from, explains how, according to him, he contracted monkeypox. “Yesterday I was diagnosed with monkeypox. No, I haven’t been to a sex party like the WHO says, and I haven’t gotten a tattoo either… You’re going to freak out when you find out how I got it. that.” Thus begins Mei Rito’s explanation.

Yesterday I was diagnosed with monkeypox. No, I haven’t participated in any sex party as the WHO says, nor have I gotten a tattoo… You’re going to freak out when you find out how I looted it #MonkeyPox ?\ud83d\udc47

—Mei Rito (@mei_rito) July 30, 2022

Once the diagnosis was made by his doctor, the young man sought to trace the behaviors that could have led to this transmission of a disease declared on high alert by the WHO last week.

The WHO specifies that contagion occurs through close contact with infected skin, body fluids or respiratory droplets of an infected person with whom, in particular, they have sexual intercourse. For health authorities in all countries, the vast majority of infected people are men who have had sex with other men.

When buying a scooter?

But Mei Rito’s story goes against this belief that already generates a lot of stigmatization in the gay community. For him, without a doubt, the only prolonged contact with another man was… during a transaction for the purchase of a scooter.

Mei Rito bought a scooter on a popular second-hand website in Spain. “I greeted the seller, then I tried the scooter for about fifteen minutes. It was up to my expectations, so I bought it and we said goodbye.”

15 minutes of contact with the handlebar of the scooter, which could explain the transmission of the disease, the seller having verified, since then, that he had also gotten monkeypox.

The doctor of the young Spanish tweeter confirmed that this mode of transmission could be quite credible, since the seller indicated that he had used the scooter when he already had injuries to his hands. Several doctors also shared Mei Rito’s story and called on their followers to be careful, as the broadcasts could be more varied than initially announced.

“It is not a gay disease as the WHO says”, Mei Rito then got carried away on Twitter, who wants to alert about these other transmissions of the disease. And to conclude her tweets with advice: “We will have to recycle these hydroalcoholic gels that can be essential for your health.”

It is not a sexually transmitted disease

For several days, the WHO has been in the crosshairs of LGBT+ associations around the world for having taken positions considered stigmatizing on the transmission of this disease. But the account of the Spanish Twitto Mei Rito does not seem surprising. On its website, Public Health France indicates that “person-to-person transmission occurs during prolonged face-to-face contact by respiratory droplets or by direct contact with an infected person, through body fluids, skin lesions of the disease or internal mucous membranes. such as the mouth, as well as indirectly by objects that the patient has contaminated, such as clothing or bedding, so it is important that patients respect isolation for the entire duration of the disease (until the disappearance of the last scabs, most often 3 weeks).”

It should be noted that Spain is the European country most affected by monkeypox since the first two deaths on the continent were recorded there this weekend.

Also read:
Monkeypox: Spain announces second death related to monkeypox this Saturday

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