- On Saturday, the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of global concern, while Canada reported 681 instances of the illness in five provinces.
The World Health Organization stated the monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency of worldwide concern on Saturday, and Canada announced 681 cases of the disease across five provinces (WHO).
As per a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada, more cases are anticipated to emerge (PHAC).
The statement read, “PHAC continues to collaborate closely with international, provincial, and territory health partners to gather data on this evolving outbreak and to evaluate the potential risk of exposure to the monkeypox virus in Canada.”
The WHO and other international partners will continue collaborating with Canada to boost the global response to the monkeypox outbreak.
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The number of cases in Canada since the beginning of the month has doubled, with the first case involving a female and the first in Saskatchewan.
The federal government has given provinces and territories more than 70,000 doses of Imvamune, a vaccine for immunization against monkeypox that Health Canada has licensed.
According to PHAC, other strategies to help lower the risk of infection include avoiding close physical touch with those who are ill or may have been exposed to the virus, practicing excellent hand hygiene, and cleaning high-touch areas.
As they continue to learn about the virus, PHAC has also advised Canadians to engage in safe sex and use condoms.
The researchers said that even when they don’t show any symptoms, having fewer sexual partners, especially anonymous partners, can lower your risk of contracting the disease.
On July 21, the govt also declared it would finance neighborhood associations in areas where the virus is most prevalent.
The government of Canada stated it would keep collaborating with the territories and provinces of Canada to find the best ways to stop the spread of monkeypox in Canada as the outbreak changed.
“PHAC will update the public regularly as new information becomes available.”
Source: Global News