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Canada confirms 15 cases of monkeypox

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The health department in Canadian province of Quebec on Tuesday May 24, confirmed 15 cases of monkeypox. 

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Canada’s federal health minister also disclosed that more samples from other parts of the country were being sent to a laboratory in Winnipeg for testing.

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Jean-Yves Duclos said; 

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“We expect more cases to be confirmed in the coming days.”

 

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Duclos also disclosed that the federal government began “pre-positioning of the vaccine Imvamune and therapeutics from our National Emergency Strategic Stockpile in jurisdictions across the country.” A small shipment of the Imvamune vaccine was sent to Quebec on Tuesday, he said.

 

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“I want to reiterate to Canadians that this is a different situation than we saw ourselves in with the emergence of COVID-19,” Duclos added, noting that unlike the coronavirus pandemic, Canada has a supply of vaccines on hand already.

 

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The North American country confirmed its first two cases of monkeypox virus infections in the country last week after authorities in Quebec said they were investigating 17 suspected cases.

 

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Nearly 20 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported recent outbreaks of the viral disease, with more than 230 confirmed or suspected infections mostly in Europe.

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