Fact checking. The Canadian television network has released information that 95% of monkeypox cases are, after all, herpes cases? – Observer

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An image of a news article purportedly published by Canadian television channel CTV News is circulating on Facebook which reports that an investigation by health authorities has concluded that 95% of confirmed cases of Monkeypox virus infection in Canada are, after all, cases of herpes. According to the alleged journalistic article, researchers have found a link between herpes cases and Covid-19 vaccines.

Monkeypox is considered a virus of moderate transmissibility between humans, with a mild clinical manifestation. Symptoms include rash, fever, headache, muscle and back pain, and swollen lymph nodes. Recovery usually occurs within a few weeks.

The post is currently circulating on Facebook. The same content was broadcast on social networks such as Twitter

The incubation period lasts between 6 and 16 days, but can reach 21 days. Transmission is through large respiratory droplets or bodily fluids, requiring prolonged contact with the infected person, Explain daily news.

The smallpox-like virus was discovered in 1958, when two outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys used in scientific testing (hence its name monkeypox). The first human case was detected in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2018, cases of infection have been sporadically confirmed on European territory, this is the first time that chains of transmission have been reported in Europe and North America with no known link to the African continent.


The total number of confirmed cases varies by source. On Sunday, in a press release published in its to placeWHO informed that as of May 26, 257 cases have been confirmed in 23 countries. This Tuesday, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) reported that 321 were detected on European soil, a number much lower than that of the WHO, which does not only concern European territory. In Portugal, cases of infection with the Monkeypox virus rose to 153 on Monday, said the directorate general of health (DGS).

In Canada, 26 cases have been detected, including 25 in the Quebec region and one in Ontario, second the latest update from the Canadian government, May 26. The figures are currently out of date — according According to a news broadcast this Thursday by CTV, there are currently 52 cases of Monkeypox infection in Quebec, bringing the total number of cases to at least 53.

This is the last article from the Canadian television channel on the virus. A survey conducted in to place and on CTV News’ social networks, it did not find news with content similar to that shared on Facebook. The same result was obtained after a google search. The only pages that mention suspected cases of herpes are fact-checking websites, such as Check your fact Or the Reuters. The former managed to get in touch with CTV News, which confirmed with an official source that the news is fake.

The Canadian television channel CTV News did not publish a report reporting that an investigation by health authorities concluded that 95% of confirmed cases of Monkeypox virus infection in Canada are, after all, cases of herpes. Searches of the site, social media and Google did not find any CTV news with similar content. The official TV station source confirmed to Check Your Fact that the post is a fabrication.

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At facebook ranking system this content is:

FAKE: major content claims are factually inaccurate. Typically, this option matches “false” or “mostly false” ratings on fact-checking websites.

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