Health authorities in Montreal (Canada) have identified 17 possible cases of monkeypox and have launched an investigation to understand the transmission chain of the disease, which has also been discovered in several European countries and the United States.
Montreal’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Mylène Drouin, said at a press conference on Thursday that the very discovery in the United States of the case of a person who contracted the disease after traveling to the Canadian city alerted Canadian authorities to the situation.
He also explained that the cases have not yet been confirmed with lab tests, but specialists believe they are likely to be positive for monkeypox.
The first cases in Montreal were reported by clinics specializing in sexually transmitted diseases. Drouin pointed out that no infection is serious.
Monkeypox transmission occurs through close contact and through droplets containing the disease virus.
Monkeypox is caused by a virus endemic to Central and West Africa. In recent days, cases have been reported in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.
On Wednesday, US authorities uncovered the first case of a man living in the northeastern state of Massachusetts, who had recently traveled to Montreal.