Monkey pox: five confirmed cases in Quebec
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The first two cases of monkeypox in Quebec were confirmed Thursday by health authorities. Three other cases have been added, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) reported Friday evening via Twitter.
Variole simienne : en date du 20 mai, 5 cas ont été confirmés au Québec. Pour en savoir plus sur cette infection, les symptômes et les moyens de transmission: https://t.co/y3a5YtyFeS
La prochaine mise à jour des cas confirmés ne sera pas effectuée avant le mardi 24 mai.
— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) May 20, 2022
Several suspected monkeypox cases are still under surveillance. Montreal's regional director of public health, Dr. Mylène Drouin, reassured the population Thursday during a press briefing. According to him, the virus is not easily transmitted.
The federal government could offer vaccines against monkeypox in Quebec. Discussions would be underway with the province.
The next update of confirmed cases will not be carried out before May 24, specifies the MSSS. Recall that the management of monkeypox has passed from the Montreal Regional Health Department to the Quebec Ministry of Health.
Furthermore, dozens of confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox have been identified since the beginning of the month around the world, particularly in France, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain and the United States, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which had organized a meeting yesterday ;urgent to take stock of the situation.
Israel announced on Saturday the first case of monkeypox in a 30-year-old man who recently returned from Western Europe. His symptoms are said to be mild.
More details to come.