Monkeypox: Treatments and What to Do When Infected

The officials of health canadians They ask for caution after the discovery of cases of the monkey pox in the country and other parts of the world.

As of Friday, five cases have been confirmed and about two dozen more are under investigation, mainly in quebecaccording to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Smallpox continues to spread

monkeypox Vaccination against smallpox has been shown to be 85 percent effective

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, director of public health, said Friday.

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

Sharing clothing, bedding or common items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores from the infected person can also spread the virus, according to information from the PHAC.

To reduce the risk of infection, PHAC recommends physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and the use of masks, all measures that have been used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smallpox vaccination has been shown to be 85 percent effective

There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, which is in the same family of viruses as variola, which causes smallpox. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smallpox vaccination has been shown to be 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox.

Canada, which maintains a small stockpile of smallpox vaccines, is considering using those shots for monkeypox.

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