Monkeypox: No Confirmed Cases in Manitoba To Date, Province Making Additional Vaccine Appointments Available | Radio GX94
Manitoba will make more monkeypox vaccine appointments available.
According to the province’s website, people eligible for the vaccine are people who identify as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) and meet one of the criteria following:
- have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea and/or syphilis within the past two months;
- having had two or more sexual partners in the last 21 days;
- have frequented places of sexual contact (for example, bathhouses or sex clubs) or plan to do so;
- have had anonymous sex in the past 21 days or plan to have sex; Where
- engaging in or intending to engage in sex work, either as a worker or as a client.
People who have been in close contact with someone with monkeypox are also eligible. They can book an appointment online, call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257, or contact their local public health unit to schedule an appointment.
So far, there are no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Manitoba, but there are 1,008 confirmed cases in Canada as of yesterday (Wednesday).
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brent Roussin noted that many cases in Canada and around the world have been reported in men who have sex with men.
However, Roussin said that although monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is usually spread through close and sustained physical contact. He shared some preventative measures people can take:
- consider limiting the number of people you have close skin-to-skin contact with;
- avoid skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact with anyone showing symptoms, and especially avoid touching any rash;
- clean your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- clean objects and surfaces that have been touched regularly (e.g. doorknobs, telephones, countertops, etc.) with standard household disinfectants;
- do not share personal items (eg, towels, bedding, toothbrushes, sex toys, etc.) with others;
- wear a mask if you are near someone with symptoms;
- avoid touching bedding and linens that have been used by someone with monkeypox;
- stay home if you are sick and encourage others to do the same; and
- get vaccinated if you are eligible.
Asked about Manitoba’s vaccine supply, Roussin did not specify the province’s supply, repeating that it is a scarce resource as it is used in other provinces that have more cases. He also mentioned that only a handful of vaccine doses were available in June and that the province had ordered some.
“This availability of appointments will continue to be based on the demand for vaccinations in the eligible population, which we are monitoring very closely.” said Roussin.
He said the province will release weekly monkeypox vaccination figures starting next week. More information can be found here.