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ADVANCED HERPES EPIDEMIC BREAKS OUT IN MONTREAL RAVE SCENE
After years of Montreal underground party culture having gone unchecked, it has been reported that nearly 98% of ravers who visit the ER have been tested or showed signs of having an accelerated strain of the herpes virus called Herpetic-Plurosa.
Herpetic-Plurosa was first discovered back in 2001 when it made its first dent into the Montreal rave population. Several parties during that time were marked on the list of possible exposure sites and a general call to all those who attended the parties was made, urging ravers to seek immediate treatment in order to avoid any risk of asymptomatic shedding of the virus.
Of the thousands of party goers, only a few hundred actually sought out help and the virus has managed to make its way into the center of the constantly growing and prolific underground Montreal rave scene.
Fast forward a dozen years and doctors are suddenly finding that clinics are now reporting vastly larger numbers of people who have recently acquired the virus and also previously attended a party in the underground scene.
Doctor Kensington, a scholar from the McGill Health Advisory suggests that there are likely major characteristics and behaviors specific to rave parties that are likely to blame for exacerbating the spread of the uncommon virus strain. "I suspect the real issue here is not the virulence of the virus strain itself but it is likely in fact the level of close contacts that are made in the rave world."
Dr. Kensington was quick to blame drugs as well. "Due to the mass amounts of alcohol and drugs that are consumed at unregulated, late night parties, people are known to quite substantially lose their inhibitions and also become careless about things they may typically be more conscious of when not under the influence," he explained to a group of other medical advisors.
Many other advisors agree with Kensington and go on to suggest that there should be more medical staff present at underground parties and that the Health Advisory Administration should try and get a better idea of how much contact there is in these usually impromptu and unregulated events.
Though no official public health announcement is planned to be made in regard to the increase in infections, the health administration will continue to review the current statistics further before addressing the issues.
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