Quebec Ministry of Health confirms 52 cases of monkeypox

The number of monkeypox cases in Quebec has more than doubled since last week, according to figures released Wednesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a tweet that the number of confirmed cases rose to 52 from 25 last week.

The increase in cases comes as Quebec is the first province in Canada to begin vaccinating close contacts of those who have been infected with the rare disease, also known as the ‘ring vaccination’ approach to prevent a wider epidemic.

Also on Wednesday, Toronto confirmed its second monkeypox infection along with a handful of other suspected cases.

Globally, there are more than 550 confirmed infections in 30 countries, according to the World Health Organization.

While officials in Quebec say cases have generally been mild, public health hopes to prevent a wider outbreak by administering vaccines – ideally – within four days of exposure and advising people to watch for symptoms. for the next 21 days if they have come into contact with an infected person.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and sores.

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