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Monkeypox cases in Ontario are not rising quickly, and the vaccine strategy is effective

Cases of monkeypox in Ontario are not rising significantly, vaccine plan is effective.

Key Takeaways:

  • Monkeypox cases are not rising quickly in Ontario, according to the province’s leading doctor, and the vaccination campaign seems to be working.
  • According to Moore, as of July 6, 133 incidents had been found in Ontario, with the bulk taking place in Toronto and the majority of the others having connections to the city.

According to the senior physician in the province, monkeypox cases are not increasing quickly in Ontario, and the vaccine program appears to be effective.

Due to its long incubation period of up to 21 days, chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore predicted that monkeypox would likely persist for “many, many months.” Still, Ontario isn’t experiencing the exponential expansion of the virus.

In a recent interview, Moore stated that although the number of instances is rising, it is not climbing quickly. “We believe that Ontario is stabilizing, at least in slow growth.”

According to Moore, 133 instances had been discovered in Ontario as of July 6, with the majority occurring in Toronto and most of the others having ties to the city. 33 cases were reported by Public Health Ontario two weeks prior.

Men between the ages of 20 and 65 made up most of all reported cases as of July 6.

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It is usually difficult for monkeypox to travel from one person to another; instead, it is disseminated through continuous close contact with respiratory droplets, direct touch with skin lesions or bodily fluids, or contaminated clothing or bedding. Rash, oral and vaginal lesions, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, chills, myalgia, and exhaustion are just a few of the symptoms that can appear.

According to public health, most cases are reported by men who have had close male contact; however, anyone can contract monkeypox.

The virus that causes monkeypox is a member of the same family as the smallpox virus, which the WHO declared worldwide extirpated in 1980. Smallpox vaccinations have successfully fought the monkeypox virus.

According to Moore, the province has been working “diligently” to immunize those who have already infected the virus and any close contacts or anyone who may come in touch with them.

We believe the smallpox vaccination, which provides good protection against monkeypox, has been given to over 8,000 people, he said.

Five Ontarians have received treatment with a drug called TPoxx, which is for those who have experienced serious issues connected to monkeypox due to our ability to provide therapies.

According to Moore, the province is not currently aiming to increase the scope of its immunization program since “it seems to be working.”

According to Moore, this vaccine dose usually consists of two doses spaced 28 days apart. “We’re evaluating whether we need to give those 8,000 people a second treatment,” said the spokesperson.

Although the spike in cases in the province is “not generating worry,” Dr. Allison McGreer, an contagious diseases expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said the situation is still “quite precarious.”

Cases of monkeypox in Ontario are not rising significantly, vaccine plan is effective.
Cases of monkeypox in Ontario are not rising significantly, vaccine plan is effective. Image from The Globe and Mail

According to McGreer, “We don’t know what it will take to bring the outbreak under control.” “We are not 100 % certain that the virus hasn’t mutated enough to permit some more prolonged transmission to populations,” the statement reads.

According to McGreer, the majority of the population is not now at risk from monkeypox.

They are closely monitoring to see whether there has been any spread beyond those high-risk communities, according to McGreer. “This is still an issue for the populations where we have a clear danger,” he added.

According to her, the province’s current immunization plan is “the best that can be done right now with the limited resources we have.”

To ensure that those who are significantly at risk of contracting monkeypox receive access to the vaccination, all authorities must walk a tight line, according to McGreer.

And those of us who are not currently at high risk for monkeypox is not consuming our scarce resources or possibly exposing ourselves to a slight risk that we are not yet aware of.

Source: Global News

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