Toronto Public Health reports city's first confirmed case of monkeypox
Today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said a lab results determined one individual has tested positive for the virus. Two other residents suspected of having monkeypox have since tested negative. Three additional suspected cases of monkeypox were also reported to TPH today. This brings the total number of probable cases in Toronto to one and suspect cases to three.
Monkeypox is a rare diseased caused by an endemic virus normally found in central and western Africa. Most people recover on their own without treatment from this virus, which is spread through contact with body fluids like sores, contaminated clothing or bedding, or respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact, and bites or scratches from infected animals. While initially identified in monkeys, the origins of monkeypox are unknown. Torontonians are being urged to be mindful of symptoms of monkeypox and report them to their health care provider as soon as possible.
The risk of contracting monkeypox can be reduced by maintaining physical distance, frequent hand washing and masking. The current cluster of cases is believed to be linked to sexual networks among men, public health said. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s web site or call TPH’s hotline at 416-338-7600 for more information about monkeypox.
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