‘Strong possibility’ of 17 monkeypox cases in Montreal area, health officials say – CBC

May 19, 2022

Public health authorities said Thursday they are investigating 17 suspected cases of monkeypox in the Montreal area.

The cases have not yet been confirmed by a laboratory, but Dr. Mylène Drouin told reporters that based on recent outbreaks in Europe and a case reported in the United States, there is a “strong possibility” the infections in the city involve the virus linked to monkeypox.

Drouin said the first cases in Montreal were reported on May 12 from clinics specializing in sexually transmitted diseases, adding that the cases are tied mostly to men who have had sexual relations with other men. Most cases identified in the city are not severe, and their symptoms involve a period of fever and sweating followed by the appearance of a painful rash in the genital area, she said.

Drouin said the disease is transmitted by prolonged close contact and by droplets, adding that there is no risk from activities such as taking public transit, eating at a restaurant or shopping.

“This is not something we can acquire by going to the grocery store,” Drouin said.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/8848006/montreal-monkeypox-public-health-briefing/

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