Toronto confirms its first case of monkeypox and there are 4 more suspected cases

Toronto Public Health (TPH) confirmed its first reported case of the monkeypox virus on Thursday.

Fortunately, TPH said in a press release that they have received lab confirmation that two other Torontonians who were “classified as suspected cases have tested negative.”

They also received four “newly suspected cases of monkeypox”.

“This brings the total number of probable cases to one and suspected cases to four,” they said. “These five people are undergoing lab tests to confirm if they have this virus and are now recovering at home.”

Some of the signs and symptoms of someone with monkeypox include rash, fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.

The rash usually appears after a few days of exposure and “starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.”

Fortunately, most people can recover on their own without any treatment, which is great news.

The virus is a rare disease normally found in parts of Central and West Africa and has been identified in monkeys. Apparently, the virus does not spread easily between humans, but someone can catch it through contact with bodily fluids or through “respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact.”

It is important to remember that it can also be spread through the bites and scratches of infected animals, so be careful!

And remember, “if symptoms develop, they should self-isolate, get treatment, and get tested. Health care providers are reminded that people suspected of being infected with monkeypox should be reported to Public Health Ontario.

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