Canada confirms first two cases of monkeypox
Meanwhile, officials in the Canadian province of Quebec said they were investigating 17 suspected cases of monkeypox.
Several countries, including Portugal and Spain, have reported cases of monkeypox in recent weeks. A case of the disease in the US was confirmed by Massachusetts public health officials on May 18. This man recently traveled to the Canadian province of Quebec.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said: “Tonight, the province of Quebec received notification that two patient samples tested by the NML (National Microbiology Laboratory) have tested positive for the disease. Monkeypox. These are the first two cases of monkeypox identified in Canada.” At the same time, PHAC confirmed, Canada has never recorded a case of monkeypox before.
People with monkeypox often develop a rash with fluid-filled papules. (Photo: WHO)
Monkeypox, which occurs mainly in West and Central Africa, is a rare viral infectious disease similar to human smallpox, although milder. Humans with monkeypox virus were first identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s. The number of cases in West Africa has increased over the past decade.
Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, and a skin rash, which begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Health officials in Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, told reporters on May 19 that there was a link between a case of monkeypox in the US state of Massachusetts and several suspected cases. suspected infection in the Montreal area.
The PHAC said the US citizen, who had recently arrived in Canada from the US by personal transport, may have been infected before or during his visit to Montreal.
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