First case of monkeypox detected in Manitoba

The virus was likely contracted outside the province, he added.

This person acted in the right way, they sought care, which led to the detection of the diseasehe said.

No information was provided about who contracted the virus to protect their identity.

According to the doctor, public health officials will send notifications to close contacts and frequented places where the risk of transmission could be increased.

He recalls that the transmission of the virus takes place through prolonged contact with a person or an object that has been contaminated, as well as through lesions, bodily fluids and respiratory droplets.

Jazz Atwal is also asking Manitobans to protect themselves during sex and get vaccinated if they meet current vaccination criteria.

Men who have sex with men and meet one of the following criteria are eligible for the vaccine:

  • Have been diagnosed with gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis within the past two months;
  • Have had sex with at least two people in the last 21 days or plan to do so;
  • Have had anonymous sex in the last 21 days or plan to do so;
  • Having frequented places where sexual contact occurs (for example, bathhouses or swingers’ clubs), or intending to do so;
  • Have been a sex worker or client of a sex worker, or plan to do so.

A walk-in clinic

On the heels of this announcement, Dr. Atwal announced the opening of a walk-in monkeypox vaccination clinic in Winnipeg.

Eligible persons can come to 490 rue Hargrave on August 23, 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

I think we will see a slight increase in vaccination after the announcement of the first Manitoba caseexplains the doctor.

However, he believes that the amount of doses available in the province is sufficient to deal with it.

Immunization appointments can be made using the province’s online portal (New window)or by calling Health Info at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

As of August 14, 168 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been injected in Manitoba, according to the province’s website (New window).

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