Eight new cases of monkeypox confirmed in Ottawa, with 1 other probable case

Public Health Ontario is reporting eight new confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ottawa last week.

Updated data, released Wednesday, shows 31 confirmed cases and one probable case in the nation’s capital, up from 23 confirmed cases last week.

The Ottawa health unit has the second highest number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the province behind Toronto.

Provincial officials say there are a total of 423 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the province, up from 326 last week. Of these, 329 are reported by Toronto Public Health. All but two of the confirmed cases in the province are in men.

No new monkeypox-related hospitalizations have been reported in Ontario in the past week. To date, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 11 hospitalizations and 2 intensive care unit admissions for monkeypox since May 20.

The World Health Organization has called the spread of the virus a global emergency. According to Public Health Ontario, sexual or intimate contact (eg, cuddling, kissing, cuddling) with a new partner and/or more than one partner is one of the most common risk factors for monkeypox. in the province; however, officials point out that while most of the identified cases have been in men who have sex with men, anyone can get monkeypox.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headache, exhaustion, and a rash that often appears on the face and extremities a few days after symptoms start. The virus can spread to another person through contact with exposed skin, the respiratory tract, or the eyes, nose, or mouth.

From June 20 to August 2, Ottawa Public Health administered 1,757 monkeypox vaccinations. More details on who is eligible for a monkeypox vaccine and where to get it can be found on the PHO website.

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