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There's also an onslaught of RSV and croup in children, a concerning resurgence of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease, strep throat, and the common cold all at once. It very well could be immune systems post all or some of this infection (likely in parents with school and particularly daycare aged children) are reduced, making folks more susceptible to monkeypox infection.
As usual, if you found this useful, let me know by leaving a like so I know I'm not just talking into the void. 😅

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There's theories as to why we're seeing a rash (pun not intended) of monkeypox infection - the most popular among IDs being a weakened immune system post-COVID infection.

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I'll save you the photos of monkeypox pustules but if you want to know what it looks like, Google is more than happy to provide.

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This lead to actual smallpox infection in some immunocompromised folks, skin eczema, psoriasis, and in rare instances myopericarditis.
There is a non-replicating vaccine for small/monkeypox which is safe for this cohort and those with skin diseases... so it might be a good idea to start vaccinating healthcare workers under 50.

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So why are we not vaccinating using the smallpox vaccine? Those of us that were born later than 1972 won't have received one due to a few significant risks. The vaccine was the LIVE smallpox virus. It wasn't inactivated like our flu shots.

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If complicated, it can lead to tonsillitis, nausea and vomiting, pneumonia, and if those pustules lead to skin lesions bacterial infections. 10% of African cases lead to death.

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It takes about twelve days for symptoms to appear. Starting with a fever and chills, and progresses to a rash and swollen lymph nodes. That rash tends to stick to the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Eventually, it progresses into pustules and heals (often with scarring) after up to four weeks.

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Monkeypox spreads between people via droplets and by direct contact with skin lesions. In experiments, researchers have seen it persist in aerosols so I hope you didn't throw out your masks.
Based on a US study, it's less infectious than smallpox. The caveat is that most of those exposed had received the smallpox vaccination which anyone under 50 has not received. (Source: academic.oup.com/cid/article/4...)

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I've had a considerable few questions about monkeypox so I've gathered together some of the best information I've been able to glean from my medical friends:
18 cases have been identified in Montreal as of writing.
First, everyone is shaking their heads frustrated that this is even happening. The thing with this is it's not novel.

Trimmed mstdn.ca's media cache back to 7 days - cleared out 36 GB.

Wow!

CBC had great coverage of today's rally at the today.

Bear with me with the Twitter link, Mastodon won't let me upload the 75MB file and I don't have the patience to fix our instance right this moment: twitter.com/ChadOhman/status/1

And of course, the incredible Raging Grannies! …I might have put in the request for “Fumigate the Ledge” 😏

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Part of me is super excited that we've captured the centre of the galaxy.

Part of me is sad that everything we know will eventually be sucked into it.

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