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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Monkeypox cases in Ontario have increased by 47% over the last 5 days

Monkeypox cases in Ontario have surged by 47% in the last 5 days

Key Takeaways:

  • Health professionals claim that during the past five days, there has been a 47 percent increase in the number of monkeypox cases that have been reported in Ontario.
  • According to the PHAC, the majority of the 539 instances, which there have been in total throughout Canada, are in Ontario and Quebec.

According to health experts, the number of reported cases of monkeypox in Ontario has increased by 47% over the last five days, with Toronto continuing to see the majority of cases.

Up from 156 instances on July 14, 133 cases on July 11, and 101 cases on July 6, there are currently 230 confirmed cases in Ontario.

172 of the cases confirmed so far include residents of Toronto, according to Public Health Ontario, and all but one of the cases are in men.

In the province, eight other possible cases are still being looked into.

In other parts of Ontario, Ottawa is currently reporting 16 confirmed cases, Halton 7, Middlesex-London 9, and Hamilton 5 confirmed cases.

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Nine patients who needed to be hospitalized due to infection all recovered fully.

So far, all of the instances discovered in Ontario involved individuals between the ages of 69 and 20.

The most common symptoms are rashes, oral/genital lesions, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, chills, myalgia, and weariness.

Usually, prolonged close contact between persons breathing, talking, coughing, or sneezing allows the transmission of monkeypox.

Additionally, it can persist on items like clothing or bedsheets that have come into contact with an infected person, such as skin-to-skin contact with rashes or bodily fluids.

Five to 21 days after exposure, symptoms may start to appear.

Monkeypox cases in Ontario have surged by 47% in the last 5 days
Monkeypox cases in Ontario have surged by 47% in the last 5 days. Image from CBC News

Skin-to-skin touch with an infected person can spread the infection for up to four weeks.

Anyone who visits a doctor or emergency hospital with an “unexplained acute rash or lesion(s)” is now being tested in Ontario.

Federal recommendations state that the smallpox vaccination can be helpful up to 14 days following contact with a case, although it is most effective when given within four days of exposure.

People deemed at high risk of exposure are still given the Imvamune smallpox vaccine by the City of Toronto.

A medication called TPoxx has also proven beneficial in cases where patients experience serious infection-related problems.

59 countries currently have 13,436 confirmed cases of monkeypox, including three fatal cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The majority of the 539 cases, which total 539 in Canada, are in Ontario and Quebec, per the PHAC.

Source: CTV News

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