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At least 15 people linked to monkeypox cases in Montreal have been vaccinated

“Right now, the priority is to curb the outbreak rather than looking for the origin.”

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Fifteen people linked to monkeypox cases have received the smallpox vaccine, the Montreal Department of Public Health said, and about 10 more were booked to get the vaccine on Tuesday.

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Quebec says it is giving the Imvamune smallpox vaccine to “high-risk contacts” of confirmed or probable cases of monkeypox, a rare viral disease first discovered in the province two weeks ago.

Because monkeypox is closely related to the virus that causes smallpox, officials say, giving the smallpox vaccine can prevent people from getting the disease or make it less severe.

Because the vaccination campaign is targeted and based on contact tracing, it is impossible to say how many people may be vaccinated, said Marianne Paquette, a public health spokeswoman in Montreal.

A single dose of the vaccine may be given within four days of exposure. A second dose may only follow if the exposure risk remains after 28 days.

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Officials said several cases in Montreal are linked to a traveler who came from Boston.

Paquette said the Department of Public Health has no more information on the likely source of the Montreal outbreak. “Right now, the priority is to curb the outbreak, not find the origin,” she said.

As of last Thursday, Quebec had 25 confirmed cases of monkeypox, with another 30 possible cases under investigation.

A spokesman for the Quebec Department of Health said the province will provide an update on the number of cases on Tuesday, but it has not.

Federal health officials say only one province has confirmed monkeypox: Ontario, which has reported one case.

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Quebec says monkeypox is spread through close and prolonged contact Monkeypox web page. The disease can pass up to five days before symptoms appear until all skin lesions have crusted over.

The incubation period – the time between exposure to an infectious pathogen and the onset of symptoms – is usually five to seven days but can last up to 21 days.

The disease can pass up to five days before symptoms appear until all skin lesions have crusted over.

In most cases, the disease clears up on its own within two to four weeks, but in “very rare cases…serious complications can occur,” Quebec said.

The Ministry of Public Health in Montreal has Advice For people who have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case, or if symptoms develop:

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  • If you have been in close contact (sexually or living under the same roof) with a suspected case or symptomatic individuals, monitor for symptoms for 21 days.
  • Limit close contact, including sexual relations, during the observation period.
  • If you develop symptoms of monkeypox, have a health professional evaluated, wear a mask, and cover the lesions. Before the consultation, it is preferable to inform the clinic of the situation.
  • Persons suspected of having the disease should isolate themselves at home, wear a mask, cover pests when in contact with other people, and engage in hand hygiene.

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of smallpox-like disease occurred in monkey colonies preserved for research, hence the name.

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The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since 1970, “most cases have been reported from rural rainforest areas of the Congo Basin, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and human cases have also been increasingly reported from across Central and West Africa,” the World Health Organization (WHO) Says.

Since mid-May, cases have been reported from many countries where the disease is not usually present.

on Monday, The World Health Organization said it does not believe an outbreak of monkeypox outside Africa will lead to a pandemic. Reuters news agency reported that the health agency is considering whether the wave of cases should be assessed as a “potential public health emergency of international concern,” as it has with the novel coronavirus and Ebola.

ariga@postmedia.com

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