- Three more cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Toronto, increasing the total number of cases to eight in the city.
- Monkeypox is spread through infected clothing or linens, respiratory droplets, direct contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids, or indirect contact with infected clothing or body fluids.
Three more monkeypox cases have been verified in Toronto, bringing the total number of cases in the city to eight.
On Friday afternoon, Toronto Public Health announced the latest instances. Six cases are currently awaiting laboratory results, according to TPH, while ten suspected cases have already been ruled out due to negative test results.
According to federal health officials, there were 77 confirmed virus cases nationwide as of Friday. Quebec is home to 71 of them.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top public health officer, said, “We continue to work with provinces and territories as well as partners to react to the evolving monkeypox situation.”
“At this juncture, I believe it is critical to act quickly and decisively to break the transmission chains. It hasn’t progressed far beyond the first risk categories, but it could, and we must be prepared for it, “she continued.
While most cases in Canada involve males who have sex with men, Tam stressed that the virus could infect anyone.
“The risk of being infected with the monkeypox virus is not limited to any particular group or environment. Anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can become infected as well as spread the virus if they come into close contact with an infected person or contaminated things, including intimate sexual interaction, “she stated.
According to officials, monkeypox is transferred through respiratory droplets, direct touch with skin lesions or body fluids, or indirect contact through infected clothing or linens.
Contact with infected animals can potentially spread the virus through bites or scratches.
According to Tam, at least 550 confirmed instances of monkeypox, which Tam describes as a “neglected tropical illness,” have been identified in 30 non-endemic countries.
When epidemics like this happen, Tam believes Canada and the rest of the globe need to be better prepared.
“An emerging infectious sickness can strike us,” she stated. “We also need to be as prepared as possible, which involves bolstering global public health capability.”
Source: CTV news
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