Monkeypox is a disease caused by the virus Monkeypox– MPXVof the family of Poxviridaegender Orthopoxvirus.
If you have been in close contact (sexual contact or living under the same roof) with a confirmed case or exhibiting the symptoms mentioned below, monitor the appearance of your symptoms for 21 days.
- Lesions on the skin especially in the mouth, genitals and anus
- great tiredness
- Sweats, night sweats
- Swollen glands
- Joint and muscle pain
What to do if you develop symptoms?
- Check if you are eligible for screening using the criteria below;
- Make a screening appointment without delay if your situation requires it;
- Wear a medical mask during social interaction and for any consultation with a professional;
- Cover lesions;
- Avoid sexual contact;
- Choose a mode of transport that minimizes direct contact with other people, wear a medical mask and properly cover injuries when moving.
Criteria for performing a screening test
You have skin lesions with at least one other symptom named above.
You have genital, perianal, or oral skin lesions with no other obvious cause.
You are a man who has had at least one sexual contact with another man in the Montreal region or in neighboring regions in the 21 days preceding the onset of symptoms.
- [À compter du 20 juin 2022] If you meet the screening criteria, please call the following numbers to make an appointment for a sample:
- Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: 418 825-5065 ext. 10756
- Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: 418 688-9212 ext. 32145
(Note that toll-free numbers will soon be available)
- If you do not meet the screening criteria, but have questions or concerns about your conditioncontact the Info-Santé 811 line to quickly reach a nurse who will be able to advise you and direct you to an appropriate resource.
In Quebec, a vaccine is available to fight monkeypox. The monkeypox vaccine is safe. In the majority of cases, it does not cause any reaction and it is effective after 7 days.
People who have been in high-risk contact with a case of monkeypox can be vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine within four days of exposure. The vaccination recommendation will be issued by public health authorities.
Make an appointment :
- By phone: 418 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 (toll-free) Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- On the Web via the Clic Santé platform.
More information available on Québec.ca