Canada confirms 1,168 monkeypox cases, 30 hospitalizations – Manila Bulletin

Canada confirms 1,168 monkeypox cases, 30 hospitalizations

OTTAWA, Canada — The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed 1,168 cases of monkeypox on Friday, including 30 hospitalizations across the country.

The health agency said of the confirmed cases, 571 cases were from Ontario, 453 from Quebec, 119 from British Columbia, 19 from Alberta, three from Saskatchewan, two from Yukon and one from New -Brunswick.

The agency has deployed more than 105,000 doses of Imvamune vaccine to provinces and territories with more than 59,000 people vaccinated with at least one dose as of August 14.

Nationally, there has been a slowdown in the trend of increasing new cases reported in recent weeks. More than 99% of reported cases are male and the median age was 36, PHAC said, adding that of the confirmed cases for which additional information is available, the majority reported intimate sexual contact with men. other men.

Experts say monkeypox is a viral disease that can be spread from person to person through close contact with an infected person, including hugs, kisses, massage or sex.

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