Quebec now has 132 monkeypox cases, with majority in Montreal


Quebec public health officials are reporting 132 confirmed cases of monkeypox across the province as of Tuesday.

Dr. Luc Boileau, interim director of Quebec’s public health department, told reporters in Montreal the situation is “under control for now.”

“It’s not rising quickly,” he said, referring to the number of infections, which is up from 98 in the last report. “It’s rising slowly but there’s still a progression.”

The majority of the province’s monkeypox cases have been detected in Montreal, which accounts for 126 infections to date.

“Montreal is the epicentre,” said Dr. Mylène Drouin, the city’s public health director.

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Monkeypox is a rare disease. It stems from the same family of viruses that causes smallpox, which the World Health Organization declared eradicated around the globe in 1980.

The virus spreads through prolonged intimate contact, but it is not very contagious in a typical social setting. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and lesions.

Quebec recorded the first cases of the monkeypox in the country last month, with the first suspected infections reported on May 12 in Montreal.

The province is administering smallpox vaccine Imvamune, though it has been reserved for close contacts at high risk of developing the disease.

with files from The Canadian Press

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