Monkey pox: suspected cases in Montreal

Monkey-pox : Suspicious cases in Montreal

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The Montreal Regional Public Health Department (DRSP) will provide an update Thursday morning on the suspected presence of cases of monkeypox in Montreal. This will be the first review for Canada.

On occasion, Dr. Mylène Drouin, Regional Director of Public Health in Montreal, and Dr. Geneviève Bergeron, Medical Officer, Health Emergencies and Infectious Diseases at the DRSP in Montreal, will be present.

The Simian orthopox virus, or monkeypox, is “a rare viral zoonosis that is observed mainly in isolated areas of central and western Africa, near tropical rainforests”, according to the World Health Organization. Health (WHO).

The United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and Canada have confirmed the presence of the virus on their territory. Several dozen suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been detected since early May.

The UK was the first country to report cases from May 6. Yesterday, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States also announced the presence of monkeypox on their territory. As for Sweden, it declared its first case on Thursday.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) expects to publish its first risk assessment report “early next week,” the European Union agency for diseases and epidemics said.

“The virus is mainly transmitted to humans from various wild animals, rodents or primates for example, but secondary spread by human-to-human transmission is limited”, mentions the WHO on its site.

There is no treatment or vaccine. However, “smallpox vaccination has proven to be very effective in also preventing simian orthopoxvirus disease”, adds the WHO, specifying that this smallpox generally heals spontaneously. Symptoms – fever, muscle aches and rashes on the hands and face – last 14 to 21 days.

“Severe cases occur more frequently in children and are related to the extent of exposure to the virus, the patient's medical condition and the severity of complications,” according to WHO.

More details to come.

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