- Toronto Public Health (TPH) stated that a new case of monkeypox had been discovered in the city.
- Close contacts of persons suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 21 days after their last exposure, according to TPH.
On Friday, Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced the discovery of a new case of monkeypox in the city.
TPH stated in a press release on Friday that the newly-suspected case brings the total number of proven, probable, and suspected cases in the city to one confirmed case, two probable causes, and five suspected cases.
“These individuals with probable as well as suspected cases are currently healing at home while undergoing laboratory testing to ascertain if they have the virus,” according to the announcement.
On Thursday, the city’s first verified case was announced.
Monkeypox, according to TPH, is a “rare disease” caused by a virus that is endemic in Central and Western Africa.
“It was first discovered in monkeys, but its origins are unknown,” the press statement.
Fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that “appears a few days after symptoms begin” are all symptoms of monkeypox.
The rash usually begins on the face and extends throughout the body.
The majority of patients recover from monkeypox without therapy, according to TPH.
According to the health unit, the virus is usually transferred through contact with body fluids, such as those from monkeypox lesions, contaminated bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets “after prolonged face-to-face contact,” according to the health unit.
“Infected animals’ bites or scratches can also transfer it.” “Monkeypox can be shared by anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, through contact with body fluids, monkeypox lesions, or exchanging contaminated goods,” according to the press release.
Common household disinfectants, according to TPH, can destroy the virus.
Anyone experiencing signs of monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible, according to TPH.
TPH advises close contacts of those suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox to self-monitor for symptoms for 21 days following their last exposure.
“If symptoms appear, they should isolate themselves, seek medical help, and get tested.”
Source: Global news
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