September 27, 2022
Monkeypox: Here are the treatments and what to do when infected

As of Friday, five cases have been confirmed and roughly two dozen others are under investigation, mainly in Quebec, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

While the risk of infection in the general population is low, it is not yet clear how widespread the disease has become in Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer, said Friday.

Monkeypox is a rare zoonotic infectious disease that can be transmitted from close contact with an infected individual through bodily fluids, sores or lesions on skin and/or respiratory droplets.

To lower the risk of infection, PHAC is advising physical distancing, frequent hand-washing and masking — all measures that have been used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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