Canada confirms 235 cases of monkeypox
As of June 24, there were 235 cases of monkeypox nationwide, according to a report released on Monday by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The health organization gave an update on the verified cases in a statement, mentioning two instances from British Columbia, four cases from Alberta, 45 cases from Ontario, and 184 cases from Quebec.
According to the statement, case investigations and outbreak management are being carried out by provincial/territorial public health and healthcare systems, while the National Microbiology Laboratory continues testing to confirm a diagnosis of monkeypox for suspected cases.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended using Imvamune, a Health Canada-approved vaccine, for immunization against monkeypox, the health agency added. Provinces and territories also have access to approved vaccines in Canada that can be used to manage monkeypox in their jurisdiction.
The announcement noted that populations at higher risk have begun receiving vaccinations as part of provincial and territory public health authorities’ monkeypox vaccination efforts.
A sylvatic zoonosis called monkeypox that can infect people typically affects forested regions of Central and West Africa. The World Health Organization states that it is brought on by the monkeypox virus, a member of the orthopoxvirus family.