P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Office preparing as monkeypox cases rise across Canada – CBC

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P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Office preparing as monkeypox cases rise across Canada – CBC

by tmnationtalk on June 23, 202231 Views

P.E.I. has 140 doses of vaccine and multiple courses of antiviral treatment

Jun 23, 2022

While P.E.I. has had no confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox, the provincial health organization says it is doing what it can to prepare.

Monkeypox, also known as MPX, has been spreading globally this year for the first time, with 210 cases in Canada according to the federal government’s website. Patients must isolate until the lesions it causes heal.

“We have 140 doses of vaccine and those are given four weeks apart for anyone who is identified as a close contact,” P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News.

“We also have a couple of treatment courses, and those are antivirals from the emergency stockpile that have been allocated to Prince Edward Island.”

Morrison said most symptoms of monkeypox occur within five to 21 days following exposure, and transmission usually occurs from skin-to-skin contact.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-monkeypox-morrison-1.6497943

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