Ottawa, June 15 The number of cases of monkeypox in the Canadian province of Quebec has risen to 132, the Health and Social Services Ministry said in a statement.
“Monkey pox: As of June 13, 132 cases have been recorded in Quebec, and 3,080 doses of vaccine have been administered since May 27,” the provincial health ministry said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The new confirmed infections in Quebec brings the total number of active monkeypox cases in Canada to 155.
With 126 actives cases, Montreal has become the epicenter of this outbreak, city public health director Dr. Mylene Drouin told reporters. The Gay community is particularly affected by the virus spread, the official added.
Quebec health department interim director Luc Boileau said the situation was under control as cases rise slowly.
The last federal update on the virus on June 10, reported 112 cases, one in British Columbia, four in Alberta, nine in Ontario, and 98 in Quebec.
With the newly released data, numbers have changed. No new cases reported in British Columbia and Alberta, but eighteen cases were confirmed in Ontario on June 13, bringing Canada’s total to 155.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease, transmitted from animals to humans. The pathogen comes from the same family of viruses that causes smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980.
Several doctors in the United States have publicly said the disease is easily identifiable and treatable and the population should not panic.