Montreal Began Administering Vaccination for Monkeypox 猴痘疫情蔓延 加拿大開始施打疫苗

More cases of the rare monkeypox virus, normally found in Africa, have been confirmed in the UK, bringing the total over 300. According to the WHO, more than 900 cases of monkeypox have been reported in nearly 30 countries worldwide. Now health officials in Montreal are also offering monkeypox vaccinations to people who are at high risk of catching the disease.


To prevent further spread of monkeypox, vaccination began on the 6th for people who are at higher risk of catching the disease in Montreal, Canada. 

Fredericm, Montreal Resident: “I prefer to be vigilant because apparently it's quite contagious from what I understand and since it's possible to do, I did it, it's as simple as that.”

As of June 3, the Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed close to 80 cases of monkeypox, with over 70 concentrated in Quebec. Most of these cases have been reported among men who have sex with men. Monkeypox is transmitted through close contact and it typically causes pus-filled skin lesions and flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, muscle pain and swollen lymph nodes. Patients usually need to be quarantined for 21 days. Canadian health officials stressed that those who have been in close contact with confirmed cases or have come in contact with their clothes or beddings, and males who have had sexual contact with more than two males in the last 14 days should get vaccinated.   

Ludvic Moquin-Beaudry, Montreal Resident: “Though, I still have to wait a few days, 7 to 10 days before my immunity system is up for battle. But yeah, I feel good.”

Both Canada and the United States purchased smallpox vaccines from Danish vaccine company Bavarian Nordic for monkeypox. They are currently the only producer of a vaccine approved against monkeypox, and the vaccine demonstrates over 85 percent efficacy. In the U.S., 25 cases have been reported in twelve states so far. The government has ordered 13 million monkey pox vaccines from Bavarian Nordic in response to the outbreak. The current outbreak of monkeypox in the UK has topped 300 cases. Spain and Portugal also documented over 250 cases each. Fortunately, no death has been reported. Monkeypox was first recorded in Africa in the 1970s. However, the vast majority of reported cases, mainly in Europe, have no travel history or links to Africa. The WHO is working closely with the countries concerned to investigate these cases further.

 

 

 

加拿大魁北克省首府蒙特婁,6日開始替高風險族群施打猴痘疫苗,希望能阻止感染人數持續擴大。

加拿大民眾說:「我寧可提高警覺,因為很明顯據我了解,猴痘非常容易傳染,如果可能的話,我就施打疫苗,就這麼簡單。」

加拿大的猴痘確診已逼近80例,超過70例集中在魁北克省,其中大多數是男性與男性有過性接觸。猴痘會透過空氣傳染,確診症狀類似感冒,會出現發燒、頭痛、肌肉痛、淋巴腫大,皮膚會出現紅疹化膿,需要隔離21天。加拿大衛生官員表示,過去14天內有跟確診者皮膚接觸,或跟兩名以上男性有過連結的男性,或曾接觸過猴診者床單衣物的民眾,都有必要施打疫苗。

加拿大民眾說:「我還是必須要等幾天,7到10天我的免疫系統才會有戰力,但我現在感覺很好。」

加拿大跟美國,目前都採用丹麥疫苗公司巴伐利亞北歐生產的兩劑天花疫苗,對治療猴痘有85%以上的效果。美國已有12個州,共出現25例的猴痘確診,美國目前有3.6萬劑猴痘疫苗,已配發1200劑,該公司還將陸續送交美國3.6萬劑,並還有1300萬劑在冷凍保存中。世衛組織統計,目前猴痘爆發最嚴重的國家是英國,超過300例,其次是西班牙跟葡萄牙,所幸還沒有死亡案例。1970年代起,猴痘幾乎只在非洲7個國家流行,而且有死亡病例,但這次的全球爆發,確診者幾乎都沒有非洲旅遊史,世衛組織認為相當不尋常。

 

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