Canada’s federal government is exploring the possibility of using the smallpox vaccine to protect Quebecers from the recent outbreak of the disease’s cousin, monkeypox

Canada’s federal government is exploring the possibility of using the smallpox vaccine to protect Quebecers from the recent outbreak of the disease’s cousin, monkeypox.

Late Thursday, Quebec’s health ministry confirmed Canada’s first two cases of monkeypox were in the province.  

As of Friday morning, Montreal public health reported 18 more suspected cases of the rare disease. 

The smallpox vaccine, which hasn’t been used in Canada since the 1970s, appears to be effective against monkeypox and the federal government is exploring its efficacy for monkeypox.