Monkeypox: 230 cases are confirmed in Ontario, and 320 in Quebec

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Monkey pox: 230 cases are confirmed in Ontario, and 320 in Quebec

Skin lesions associated with monkeypox.

Public Health Ontario is reporting 230 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the province, including most are registered in Toronto.

The toll as of Monday is up 74 cases from the previous week.

In Quebec, 320 cases of monkeypox have been reported as of Tuesday, up 21 cases from the previous Health Quebec report of July 13.

Public Health Ontario's update indicates that the cases are largely in southern Ontario, with 172 cases in Toronto, as well as; one in Sudbury and one in North Bay.

One of the confirmed cases is in a female, which was reported last week, while the rest of those affected are males with an average age of 37.

Public Health says most cases are in men who report having had intimate contact with men, but reminds that anyone can get monkeypox.

The Ontario update says nine people have been hospitalized with the illness and one person has been admitted to intensive care.

There are also eight probable cases of monkeypox in Ontario, all in males between the ages of 31 and 69.

Dr. Kieran Moore, the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has recently stated that monkeypox will likely be present for several months due to its long incubation period, but noted that Ontario is not experiencing rapid growth of the virus.

The virus does not usually spread easily and is transmitted through close and prolonged contact through respiratory droplets, direct contact with broken skin or bodily fluids, or through contaminated clothing or bedding.

Common symptoms include rashes, mouth and genital sores, and swollen lymph nodes.

Monkey pox disease comes from the family of viruses that cause smallpox, which the World Health Organization declared eradicated worldwide in 1980. Vaccines against smallpox have been shown to be effective in combating the monkeypox virus.

Local public health units in Ontario therefore hold vaccination clinics for people the province deems to be at high risk of contracting monkeypox.

Mr. Moore said the province is not looking to expand its vaccination strategy at this time because it appears to be working.

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