AA / Montréal / Hatem Kattou
Canadian authorities announced on Friday the detection of 112 cases of infection with the monkeypox virus across the country.
That’s according to statements made on Friday by Theresa Tam, Chief Administrator of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Almost the majority of cases are recorded in the province of Quebec (98), while the 14 other contaminations are distributed between Ontario (9), Alberta (4) and British Columbia (1).
Theresa Tam pointed out that all of the individuals with this infection are men and are between the ages of 20 and 63, adding that “other cases are to be confirmed in the coming days”.
She said the cases identified are “linked to the international outbreak and analyzes are underway to better understand the chains of transmission” in Canada.
Tam noted, however, that the current situation does not involve a “massive vaccination campaign”, while emphasizing the importance of prevention.
On another level, she indicated that Health Canada is currently working in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to ensure a sufficient supply of the Imvamune vaccine.
She also recommended “protecting vulnerable people”, These are immunocompromised people, pregnant women and children under 12 years old.
She added that directives have been issued to “prevent the transmission of disease and control infections in the event of suspected, probable or confirmed smallpox”, specifying that the goal remains to “contain the outbreak and provide information for reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the disease”.
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