Few cases of monkeypox identified in Montérégie

Few cases of monkeypox identified in Montérégie

While hospitalizations related to Covid-19 cases have been declining in Montérégie since mid-April, we are hearing more and more about monkeypox (or monkey pox), but it is important to specify in this regard that the cases identified are few in Montérégie (8 as of June 17) and in Quebec (171 according to the figures released on June 20).
Recall in this regard that the symptoms of apepox consist mainly of skin lesions in the mouth and genitals. These lesions may be preceded or accompanied by fever; night sweats; headaches; swollen glands; joint or muscle pain.
The public health department of Montérégie indicates that monkeypox is transmitted by close and prolonged contact. It can be contagious from the onset of symptoms until the scabs covering the skin lesions have fallen off and a healthy layer of skin is present. The incubation period is usually short, 5 to 7 days, but can be up to 21 days. In the majority of cases, the disease resolves on its own within two to four weeks. Very rare cases of serious complications can occur, however.
It is important to note that a vaccine is available to combat monkeypox and can be given before or after exposure to the disease. It is reserved for people targeted by public health authorities.
Vaccination with an appointment can currently be done at Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe, located at 3200 boulevard Laframboise, door 4, near the BuroPro store.

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