This 2003 electron micrograph provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is with a mature oval monkeypox virion (left) from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Shows a spherical immature virion (right). (AP / Cynthia S. Goldsmith, CDC via Russell Regner)
The public health authorities in Montreal will provide you with the latest information today about the suspected monkeypox in the city.
Dr. Milene Drouin, Director of Public Health, and Dr. Geneva Bergeron, Head of Emergency and Infectious Diseases, will speak at 11:00 am.
On Wednesday, Radio-Canada reported that many possible cases were under investigation in the city.
Monkeypox is usually confined to Africa, and rare cases in the United States and elsewhere are usually associated with travel to Africa. A small number of confirmed or suspicious cases were reported this month in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.
On Wednesday, Massachusetts health officials reported a case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada. Health officials are trying to determine if it is related to a minor outbreak in Europe.
The man was in Canada at the end of April to meet his friends and returned in early May.
Monkeypox usually begins with a flu-like illness and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash on the face and body. In Africa, it is infected by the bites of rodents and small animals, and it is usually hard to infect humans.
Monkeypox comes from the same viral family as smallpox. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover from monkeypox within a few weeks, but the disease is fatal in 1 in 10 people.