Monkeypox: The spread could accelerate

Experts are urging people who plan to practice sex tourism during the Montreal Grand Prix weekend to exercise caution as monkeypox cases continue to rise in Quebec.

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“Yes, that worries me. Monkeypox is known to be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, not just sexual intercourse. So even a condom, which normally protects against most communicable diseases, doesn’t really help against this virus,” explains Dr.right Michael Libman.

This infectious disease professor at McGill University Medical School points out that the main dangers lie with people who will be in Montreal for sex tourism for the weekend of the auto races.

In particular, these travelers go out with the aim of having paid or unpaid sexual relations with multiple partners. In particular, they use the celebrations in a city to meet their needs.

Get in cases

“If we take someone who is infected and has a lot of anonymous contacts, such as a sex worker, there can be a great risk of the outbreak spreading. Especially since it would then be difficult to identify cases of contact, especially with international tourists,” says the Dright Libman.

However, the specialist specifies that sex workers are not necessarily the most at risk at the moment.

He recalls that most infected cases have occurred in Montreal and affect men who have had homosexual relationships.

“But it’s just a coincidence that monkeypox is staying in this community for now. It could very well infect heterosexual couples as well. It only takes one case for it to spread,” warns the McGill professor.

No panic

Benoit Barbeau, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and a specialist in virology, says it’s possible we’ll see a slight increase in cases after this weekend.

“The more people are in contact with each other, the more the virus has the opportunity to spread. F1 is one of the events that we will have this summer. We’re risking a small climb, but that won’t be a nerve center for me,” claims Mr Barbeau.

The virologist adds that it will be difficult to clarify later whether the infections are related to the Grand Prix or other events such as the Francofolies in Montreal.

“At this point people are aware of the disease. We have also started vaccinating vulnerable communities. I think people need to be careful and monitor their symptoms,” stresses Mr Barbeau.

Quebec has at least 98 confirmed cases of monkeypox to date.

Montreal Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Services did not answer our questions on the subject.

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Symptoms to look out for

  • skin lesions in the mouth
  • genital injuries
  • Fever
  • night sweats
  • headache
  • Muscle cramp

Incubation period two to three days

  • The disease is generally mild in the vast majority of those infected.

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