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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Quebec raises monkeypox vaccination measures as virus continues to spread

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Key takeaways: 

  • Outbreak drafted to late-April superspreader event that led to several unknown transmissions.
  • Quebec has 40,000 doses of the vaccine, and Montreal officials anticipate that 25,000 doses will cover the target population in the city.

With 132 confirmed patients in Quebec, the region’s interim director of public health says the monkeypox spread is gradually moving daily. Vaccination measures are expanding to men who wish to have sexual contact with other men in Montreal this summer.

Quebec has 40,000 doses of the vaccine, and Montreal officials anticipate that 25,000 doses will cover the target population in the city.

“There are cases we haven’t seen because it is an insidious illness that doesn’t show any signs,” said Dr. Luc Boileau during a press conference Monday.

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With 132 confirmed patients in Quebec, the region’s interim director of public health says the monkeypox spread is gradually moving daily

Montreal’s public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin, said the city is the epicenter of the North American pandemic.

So far, almost 3,000 vaccine doses have been administered, with officials concentrating on those who may have been exposed to the virus. Now, the vaccine is available to any man who may have sex with other men in the coming months, stated Drouin.

“By broadening the vaccination, we are trying to stop the spread, knowing that we will have visitors, we will have different events that will put people at stake,” she said. 

Source – cbc.ca

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