Monkeypox: Vaccination clinics for at-risk individuals in Ottawa

dr Vera Etches, Chief Public Health Officer of OPSsaid the province provided about 100 cans over the weekend, enough to meet immediate demand.

At Monday’s health committee meeting, Dr. Etches, however, she expects interest in the vaccine to increase as more people learn it’s available. This is where the clinics come in, which were also held in Toronto and Montreal.

In addition to access through our sexual health center, we are also planning additional clinics with partners that can better connect with high-risk communities.said dr Etches.

Public Health reported the first positive case of monkeypox in Ottawa on June 10.

This person has since recovered and OPS Follow-up of post-exposure vaccination with people who have been in close contact with it, said Dr. Etches. The risk to the general public remains very weakShe added.

According to the guidelines of the Ontario Department of Health, OPS administered the Imvamune vaccine to people who had been in contact with the confirmed case.

A Public Health Ontario summary of monkeypox shows that one confirmed and two suspected cases of the infectious disease were reported in Ottawa on June 16. 30 confirmed cases have been recorded across the province.

deep pustules painful

The virologist Count Brown explains that monkeypox has one key feature: large lesions that usually start on the head and hands and can thereafter spread to other parts of the body.

They are apparently very uncomfortable and painfuldescribes the emeritus professor at the University of Ottawa.

They’re very deep pustules, they’re right on your skin, and they’re little volcanoes because they’re full of clear liquid. »

A quote from Earl Brown, virologist and professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa

These wounds dry up, then fall off, loaded with virusessays Mr. Brown. This is one of the ways the virus can spread, but infection can be spread through close contact as well as through exposed skin, the respiratory tract, or mucous membranes around the eyes, mouth, and nose.

This rare disease comes from the same family of viruses that cause smallpox — which the World Health Organization declared eradicated in 1980 — but it is much more harmlessadds Mr. Brown.

An information session on Thursday in Ottawa

Infectious disease experts say the LGBTQ community, particularly men who have sex with men, are at an increased risk of infection with this virus.

Healthcare workers or labs that work directly with orthopoxviruses could also be at risk.

The Ottawa AIDS Committee will host a monkeypox awareness session Thursday, where Dr. Paul McPherson are available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for questions.

Cory Wongresponsible for committee support services, adding that there are a sense of urgency among those who use these services. He says he’s already answered many questions about when the vaccine will be available.

This is very relevant to the people we work with, including men who have sex with men, members of the racist community and people living with HIV who have compromised immune systems.Wong said, adding that the community is concerned about the stigma.

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