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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Ontario’s top doctor issued an order ordering doctors to report occurrences of monkeypox

Monkeypox instances must be reported, according to Ontario's top doctor.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ontario’s top public health official has ordered that any suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox be reported to local authorities.
  • According to the Ministry of Health, the proclamation was issued on May 20, before the first suspected Ontario case was identified.
  • According to Shahin, monkeypox is difficult to spread and requires prolonged face-to-face or skin-to-skin contact with the lesions.

Ontario’s top public health official has directed healthcare practitioners to report any suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox to local authorities.

As per the copy of the order, which was made under section 77.6 of the Health Protection as well as Promotion Act, healthcare professionals must disclose information on any patient who satisfies the “case definitions” of monkeypox to Public Health Ontario.

The data will be used for case and contact management, including investigative purposes.

According to the Ministry of Health, the decree was given on May 20, the day before the 1st suspected Ontario case was identified.

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TPH announced on Saturday that an illness was detected in a man in his 40s who had recently been into contact with someone who had traveled to Montreal.

Officials said the guy is in stable condition as well as recovering in the hospital. Anyone who went to the Axis Club (722 College Street) on May 14 or Woody’s pub (467 Church Street) on May 13 or 14 may have been exposed, and they are being advised to self-monitor for symptoms.

TPH associate medical officer of health Dr. Rita Shahin told CP24 the next day that monkeypox typically begins with a fever and just a general feeling of being unwell—lymph nodes may be swollen, and the patient may experience muscle aches.

Monkeypox instances must be reported, according to Ontario's top doctor.
Monkeypox instances must be reported, according to Ontario’s top doctor. Image from CP24

“A few days later, it may develop into a rash that begins on the face. The lesions resemble chickenpox in appearance. They start as little red pimples that fill with a clear liquid before spreading to the rest of the body.”

At the same time, according to Shahin, monkeypox is difficult to spread and typically needs prolonged face-to-face or skin-to-skin contact with the lesions.

“The danger is low. It’s not as easily transmitted as COVID, which is good news, but we’re encouraging everyone who may have been exposed to keep an eye out for any strange lesions.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical help.

Source: CTV news

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