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First Cases Of The Monkeypox Virus Confirmed In Quebec

The Public Health Agency of Canada is monitoring the situation as more cases are being reported globally

By: Charlotte Hui

Recently, an American citizen got infected with Monkeypox during a trip from the US to Montreal, Quebec. The Public Health Agency of Canada, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and public health authorities in Quebec are investigating the event. Two people in Canada have also been diagnosed with Monkeypox after testing positive at the National Microbiology Laboratory last night.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV) and gets transmitted through body fluids, respiratory droplets, or shared compositions. Its incubation period is typically 7-14 days, with a fatality rate of 10%. Symptoms of Monkeypox infection include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, swollen lymph nodes, pules, and pimples. People can reduce their risk of disease by wearing masks, keeping a physical distance, and washing their hands frequently.

Monkeypox, which has never been detected in Canada before, is mainly from parts of Central and West Africa and is generally transmitted between African rodents and non-human primates. Monkeypox cases have now been confirmed in the US, Singapore, the UK, and Israel.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) looks for patients with signs or symptoms consistent with Monkeypox, regardless of whether they have a travel history. At the same time, PHAC also reminds citizens to isolate and report symptoms as soon as possible to avoid further contamination.