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Hamilton's monkeypox risk is 'very low' at over 1,000 in Canada

Hamilton Public Health (HPH) officials say there has been a recent spike in cases of monkeypox worldwide, but as of last week there were no reported cases. With only 10 cases in total, there is still little risk to the local population.

In an update to the Board of Health, the city's infectious disease manager characterized exposure to the disease as "very low," but pre-exposure and post-exposure treatment said it was available to the general public.

"Of the reported cases, his 100% of these cases are men with an average age of 36," said Jordan Walker of HPH.

READ MORE: Ontario Public Health reports 478 confirmed monkeypox cases, up from 449 last week.

Common risk factors reported in cases to date include multiple sexual contacts in the previous 6 months. Same-sex sex, new sexual contacts in the past two months, and anonymous sex. ''

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According to Walker, the city's first case he came to light on June 25.

As of last week, the city's post-exposure drug distribution had been made to his 11 Hamiltonians, and 199 doses of pre-exposure therapy had been distributed to those who attended the city's clinics.

Currently, the city is offering a free weekly pre-exposure prevention clinic at Limeridge Mall in conjunction with his HPH's COVID 19 vaccination program.

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According to the Ontario Department of Public Health, there are now 478 confirmed monkeypox cases in the province, That's more than anywhere else in Canada.

According to the latest official report of the disease, 75% of cases were reported in Toronto.

Although most cases have been reported in men, he has three female cases.

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Read More: Monkeypox Patients in Canada The number has exceeded 1,000. Ontario

HPH has not reported any hospitalizations for the disease, although 15 hospitalizations have been reported since the first case was detected in Ontario.

 According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, as of August 10, monkeypox cases reached 1,008 } 84} (PHAC).

Quebec reported 425 cases and British Columbia reported 85 cases.

Monkeypox is a viral infection related to smallpox from which most people recover spontaneously after a few weeks but can become seriously ill. , in some circumstances even fatal, according to PHAC.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle and joint pain, back pain, or a painful rash lasting 14 to 28 days with fatigue. increase.

— Using files from Global's Teresa Wright, Heidi Lee, and The Canadian Press

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