Children in Quebec thought it was chickenpox instead of monkeypox

Monkeypox has continued to spread in Quebec, but no child has been infected, contrary to what Public Health announced ten days ago. “We realized there was an error at the level of the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, D explains.D Caroline Koch-than, President of the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ). There are no pediatric cases. A

DD Kwach-Than, a microbiologist-infection specialist at St. Justin University Hospital Center (CHU), is the acting national director of public health in Quebec.r Luke Bolieu, when he told the media about a child’s infection during his May 26 press briefing.

Join by Duty, The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) confirms that “the minor case declared at the last press conference on the matter is now invalid”. According to the dD Koch-than, the baby was eventually infected with chickenpox.

The incidence of monkeypox is increasing in Quebec. According to the latest reports, there are 71 in the province, of which 67 are in Montreal and a few in Monterey. Men who have sex with other men are most affected.

Remember that monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is transmitted to humans during close and prolonged contact with an infected person’s skin lesions, mucous membranes, or respiratory secretions.

According to the Montreal Regional Public Health Department, the disease, which is characterized by sores, headaches, fever, and extreme fatigue, resolves itself within two to four weeks in most cases.

DD Cécile Tremblay, a microbiologist at CHUM, believes Quebec has detected the infection “very early”. “From the moment one or two cases are initiated in a given population, all the close acquaintances of these people are at risk of being affected,” he said. This creates a chain of transmission, which explains why the numbers are increasing. He is not afraid of a wide spread. “There are no asymptomatic infections,” he says.

Monkeypox is not as contagious as Covid-19. Its fertility rate (r0Between 0.6 and 1 as opposed to 10 to 12 for the BA.2 variant according to DD Koach-Thanh. The CIQ president is still hoping for an increase in cases. “It simply came to our notice then. A

5000 doses of the vaccine

Vaccination against monkeypox began in Montreal about a week ago. The vaccine should be administered ideally within four days of the last exposure to infected contact.

According to the Montreal Regional Public Health Department, 516 people received the vaccine between May 30 and June 5, 2022. However, “all these people do not necessarily live in Montreal,” said Jean-Nicolas Dawn, a spokesman for the group.

Ottawa supplies the vaccine to Quebec. “The first order of 1,000 doses of smallpox vaccine from the federal government has been approved by the DNSP. [directeur national de santé publique par intérim]As well as a second order for 4,000 additional doses for a total of 5,000 doses in Quebec, ”MSSS spokesman Robert Maranda reported.

Until Tuesday, Montreal’s L’Actual Medical Clinic will receive a dose of the vaccine, said its president and CEO and founder, Dr.r Regin Thomas. A nurse will provide screening and vaccinations. The vaccine is available “without an appointment”.

L’Actu Yale counts 19 cases among its clients, including a heterosexual male, a roommate of an infected person. “I have patients who have gone to Sanas,” said Dr.r Thomas. I have seen many patients who do not do saunas frequently. Some people did not have so many sexual partners. Some people don’t know where they made the deal. A

Dr Thomas reports that gay men are addicted to crystal meth (Crystal Meth) The risk of contracting the disease is high. “They have a lot of sex partners,” he says. Problems [actuelle] Related to? It’s too early to say. A

The doctor hopes that the nurses and doctors at his clinic will soon be able to get the monkeypox vaccine. “I have twice asked our staff to be vaccinated,” he said. Imagine if one of our nurses got this disease. First, the lack of our staff. Second, there is a lot of work to be done when it comes to cases. This delays regular “walk-in”. A

Dr Thomas doesn’t want employees to get sick. In a June 3 update, Montreal Public Health reported three hospital admissions: “Two related to the risk of airway obstruction, and one related to potential eye damage.”

Monkeypox strains from West Africa, present in Quebec, cause death in only 1% of cases. “But it can leave scars on the skin, D addsD Tremblay. It is a disease we do not want to spread among the people. A

DD Koch-Than believes that prevention of this disease is absolutely necessary. “We don’t really want it to fall into an animal reservoir,” he said. Because once it falls into an animal pond, we can never get rid of it. In North America, our prairie dogs can be susceptible and infected to it and pass it on. [le virus de la variole simienne]. A

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