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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The first incidence of monkeypox is being investigated in Toronto

First case of monkeypox suspected in Toronto

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a news release issued Saturday afternoon by Toronto Public Health, the virus was detected in a male resident in his 40s.
  • In addition to the confirmed cases in Quebec, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating over two dozen possible monkeypox diseases.
  • TPH recommends staying in close contact with persons who have a suspected or confirmed illness for 21 days after exposure to check for symptoms.

Toronto health officials say they’re looking into the city’s first suspected case of monkeypox.

The probable virus was discovered in a male resident in his 40s, according to a news release released Saturday afternoon by Toronto Public Health.

According to TPH, the patient had recent touch with someone who traveled to Montreal and is now in stable health and recovering.

If you went to the Axis Club (based at 722 College Street) on May 14 or Woody’s bar (situated at 467 Church Street) on May 13 or 14, you could have been exposed to the virus.

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According to officials, the risk to the general public is quite low.

“Monkeypox is an unusual illness caused by a virus found primarily in Central and Western Africa. It was first discovered in monkeys, but its origins are uncertain, according to TPH.

Fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to other body regions are all symptoms of the virus.

According to TPH, most people who contract monkeypox recover on their own without therapy.

The news comes as health officials in Quebec verified three further instances of the virus on Friday and the two cases recorded the day before.

First case of monkeypox suspected in Toronto
First case of monkeypox suspected in Toronto. Image from CBC News

On top of the verified cases in Quebec, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is examining about 2 dozen probable monkeypox illnesses. The virus is spread by prolonged intimate contact, according to the PHAC.

It’s unclear how common the virus is in Canada. Still, Canada’s top doctor has warned that the Public Health Agency of Canada is contemplating administering smallpox immunizations to prevent infection, which can also protect against monkeypox.

“Quebec has expressed interest in the contacts, so that is currently being discussed,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said. “Of course, we need to know some epidemiology as soon as possible.”

TPH encourages close contact with those with a suspected or confirmed case to check for symptoms for 21 days following exposure. If symptoms appear, they should isolate themselves, seek medical help, and be tested.

Source: CTV News

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