Canada confirms 168 cases of smallpox, 141 reported from Quebec: report

Canada’s director of public health Theresa Tam confirmed a total of 168 cases of smallpox in the country on Friday.

In a health briefing, the chief physician said these confirmed cases had been reported nationwide, including two cases in British Columbia, four in Alberta, 21 in Ontario and 141 in Quebec. Xinhua news agency.

“We continue to monitor and respond to developments in the monkeypox situation, including support to provinces and territories in their efforts to deploy targeted vaccination campaigns,” Tam said, adding that they are working to raise awareness. on how the virus is transmitted.

According to her, among the cases for which information is available and has been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada, all cases are male and the ages range from 20 to 69 years.

However, the risk of exposure to the monkeypox virus is not unique to any group or environment. Anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, could become infected and spread the virus if they come in close contact with someone who has smallpox or objects they have used, such as personal items, towels or sheets, he said.

Smallpox is a wild zoonosis that can cause infections in humans and the disease usually occurs in the wooded areas of Central and West Africa. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family, according to the World Health Organization.


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