As of Friday, Canada had counted 77 confirmed cases of monkeypox, almost the majority of which were detected in Quebec, where the authorities considered the situation worrisome. Canada reported its first two cases on May 20 in the French-speaking province.
Dr. Howard Ngo, an official at the Federal Public Health Agency, said during a press conference that the situation is worrying, noting that the authorities are especially afraid of “cases” spreading among “families and affecting pregnant women or young children.”
Ngo also stated that this prevalence is not limited to “a specific group or environment” and thus can affect “anyone regardless of their sexual identity or sexual orientation.”
The province has received anti-smallpox vaccines that can be effective in protecting contacts with people infected with monkeypox, noting that there is currently no treatment or vaccine available to combat this virus, but vaccination against smallpox has proven highly effective in prevention.
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a rare zoonotic viral disease (the virus is transmitted from animal to human), and the symptoms of human infection are similar to those experienced by people with smallpox, but are less severe.
Some patients develop enlarged lymph nodes before a rash appears, a feature that distinguishes monkeypox from other similar diseases.
Monkeypox was first detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970, and since then most cases have been reported in the rainforests of the Congo Basin and West Africa.
51 injuries in France
In France, the health authorities announced the discovery of 51 injuries, amid an increase in the number of confirmed infections around the world. Paris reported the first cases in May, and the total number of confirmed cases on Wednesday was 33.
The French Public Health Authority said that all injuries were recorded in men between the ages of 22 and 63, and that only one person was admitted to the hospital and subsequently discharged from it.
21 injuries in the United States
On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that it was aware of more than 700 cases of monkeypox worldwide, including 21 cases in the United States.
Among the cases recorded in the United States, 20 were monitored in 11 states, and the twenty-first infection was monitored and occurred abroad.
The majority of Americans’ infections are linked to trips abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the country’s main federal health agency. But some of the other infections are linked to other known cases in the United States, and for one of the infected, the source of the infection has not yet been determined.
The country’s health officials have urged doctors to test for the disease if suspected, saying there may be community spread, but it is too early to say whether the disease will turn into a pandemic, adding that the risks to public health remain low.
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