Toronto confirms second case of monkeypox

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Less than a week after Toronto city, Canada confirmed its first case of the monkeypox virus, the Toronto Public Health (TPH) has reported another case of the virus in the city.

The TPH reported in series of tweets recently that as of May 31, there have been two positive cases, nine negative cases and six under investigation.

“There is one new lab-confirmed case since our last update,” TPH said in a tweet.

The health unit said it is continuing to monitor “monkeypox activity” in Toronto.

A news release that was previously attributed to the health unit, the TPH described monkeypox as a “rare disease caused by a virus that is normally found endemic in central and western Africa.”

 “It was first identified in monkeys, but its origins remain unknown,” the release read.

According to the health unit, the virus spreads through contact with body fluids, including fluids from monkeypox sores, contaminated bedding or clothing or through respiratory droplets.

“Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, can spread monkeypox through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores or by sharing contaminated items,” the release said. “Common household disinfectants can kill the monkeypox virus.”

The virus can also be spread through a scratch or bite from an infected animal.

According to TPH, symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that “often appears within a few days after symptoms begin. It starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.”

TPH said, most people recovered on their own without treatment.

“Treatment for smallpox can be used for Monkeypox in emergency situations,” a post on the TPH website reads. “In some circumstances, smallpox vaccine can be given after exposure, as determined by a healthcare provider.”

The health unit said anyone with monkeypox symptoms should report them to their health care provider “as soon as possible.”

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