Ottawa: Canada’s chief public health officer said there were 112 cases of monkeypox across Canada and all of those infected were male.
There were 98 cases in Quebec, nine in Ontario, four in Alberta and one in British Columbia, with other suspected cases being investigated, Dr. Theresa Tam told a briefing.
Tam said the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that people who may be at high risk of exposure get vaccinated.
But she said a mass vaccination campaign against the virus is not currently necessary.
Tam said the “primary goal” was to ensure that the outbreak does not spread further or become established in Canada. “This means rapidly stopping chains of transmission.”
The disease mainly spreads from close physical contact, including intimate sexual contact, or exposure to scabs, mucus membranes, bodily fluids or even bed linen, Tam said.
Source: The Canadian Press