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890 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Canada, the most in Ontario

Monkeypox: 890 cases reported in Canada, with the bulk occurring in Ontario.

Key Takeaways:

  • As of August 3, the PHAC reported that 890 cases of monkeypox had been identified in Canada.
  • PHAC advises infected individuals to remain at home and rest while getting in touch with their local public health agency or healthcare provider.
  • For people 18 years of age and older, the IMVAMUNE vaccination, developed for smallpox prevention, is available in Canada.

As per the PHAC, 890 cases of monkeypox had been documented in Canada as of August 3. The province of Ontario had the highest number of cases.

Ontario disclosed 423 incidents. In addition to 373 cases in Quebec, there are 78 cases in British Columbia, 13 cases in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, and one in the Yukon.

According to PHAC, monkeypox is a viral infectious disease similar to smallpox. The agency collaborates with the provinces, territories, and foreign partners to actively monitor Canada’s situation.

Most of those who contract monkeypox recover on their own within a few weeks, but in rare cases, people can get severely ill and pass away, according to the PHAC.

The monkeypox virus normally causes symptoms of infected people to appear five to 21 days after exposure. These symptoms include a painful rash lasting between 14 and 28 days.

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Other symptoms, such as fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscular discomfort, joint pain, back pain, and weariness, might occur in addition to the rash.

PHAC advises infected people to stay home and rest while contacting their healthcare physician or regional public health agency.

Monkeypox was considered a public health emergency of worldwide concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23.

The risk of monkeypox is moderate worldwide and in all regions, except the European region, where the danger is high, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

As of August 3, there were 26,208 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 87 nations, per the US CDC and Prevention.

Monkeypox: 890 cases reported in Canada, with the bulk occurring in Ontario.
Monkeypox: 890 cases reported in Canada, with the bulk occurring in Ontario. Image from Global News

On July 30, Spain reported a second monkeypox-related fatality. The Associated Press earlier reported that those two deaths are thought to be the first to have been officially confirmed since the epidemic in the European Union.

According to PHAC, monkeypox can spread from person to person, through contact with infected things, and from animals to people.

People may contract the virus through sexual contacts, such as oral and non-penetrative contact when caring for an infected person or sharing a home with someone with the virus.

PHAC advises people to use condoms, engage in safe intercourse, and have fewer sexual partners to decrease their chance of contracting the monkeypox virus.

The Canadian Press reported that instead of limiting the number of persons they have sex with, Montreal health officials recommended that men who have intercourse with other guys get vaccinated against monkeypox.

The IMVAMUNE vaccine, created for smallpox prevention, is available in Canada to individuals 18 yrs of age and older.

Source: Global News

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