Quebec reports 19 more cases of monkeypox, ruling out a suspected pediatric case

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The Ministry of Health said that almost all cases in the province are in Montreal.

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June 7, 2022 • 45 minutes ago • 2 minutes reading • Join the conversation Photo posted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing injuries caused by monkeypox virus infection. CDC

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The alleged case of smallpox in a child in Quebec announced during the last press conference in the province on the subject turned out not to be the disease, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

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However, the number of cases reported in the province has continued to rise, reaching 90 on Tuesday, an increase of 19 since the last update in Quebec on Thursday. Montreal Public Health said 86 of those cases are in the city. The Ministry of Health would not break down the rest by region “for reasons of confidentiality.”

Quebec also announced on Tuesday that 813 doses of the Imvamune smallpox vaccine have been administered in the province so far. Montreal public health said the 813 doses were administered in the city, although not all who received them reside there.

Officials have said several cases in Montreal were related to a Boston traveler.

“This vaccination is aimed at people at high risk of exposure to the monkey’s smallpox,” Health Ministry spokesman Robert Maranda said in an email Tuesday evening. “The doses offered will be administered only after a decision by the public health authorities.”

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According to the recommendations of the Quebec Immunization Committee, high-risk contacts of confirmed or probable cases of monkeypox can be vaccinated with a single dose within four days of exposure. A second dose can only be given if the risk of exposure is still present 28 days later.

Quebec public health authorized a first order of 1,000 doses of vaccine and a second order of an additional 4,000 doses, for a total of 5,000 for the province, Maranda said.

In Montreal, officials are aware of three hospitalizations related to the disease so far, including two for risks of airway obstruction and another for possible eye damage.

Maranda said the smallpox of the monkey usually causes mild symptoms that go away after two or three weeks and do not require hospitalization.

“The most common symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes (neck, armpits or groin), chills and fatigue,” he said. “Rash can also occur, often on the face, and can spread to other parts of the body, including the genitals.”

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