the use of PCR tests "is very different from the Covid epidemic", explains an infectious disease specialist

the use of PCR tests “is very different from the Covid epidemic”, explains an infectious disease specialist

The government issued a decree, published on Saturday July 30 in the Official Journal, for screening tests to be covered by Health Insurance.

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The tests for the identification of the monkey pox virus are 100% reimbursed by the Health Insurance, shows this Saturday, July 30, an order in the Official Journal, after a recommendation to this effect from the High Health Authority.

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How do these tests help make the diagnosis? “These PCR tests help identify clinical forms of the disease, which are sometimes difficult to diagnose.“, the infectiologist Benjamin Davido explained this Saturday to franceinfo. Important precision: the use of these tests can only be done in “last resort“, points out Benjamin Davido, if the clinician needs it to establish his diagnosis.

A preventive use of tests is not useful: “This is very different from the epidemic of Covid 19. The scientific literature shows that asymptomatic cases of monkeypox are very residual. We don’t even know how contagious these few cases are. So there is no reason to multiply self-tests and PCR“, says infectious disease specialist Benjamin Davido.

PCR testing for monkeypox should be performed at “specialized laboratories“.”It is impossible to perform tests outside of these laboratories. As far as I know, there is no antigenic test that can detect monkeypox.“, concluded the specialist.

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