Travellers are advised to take enhanced health precautions based on Level 2 recommendations.
“Clusters of monkeypox cases have been reported in several countries internationally, except in Central and West Africa where cases are usually found,” said Tuesday. release from Department of Public Health (PHAC) said. “During travel, if you become infected, you may need to implement procedures at your destination to limit the spread of monkeypox, such as quarantine.”
PHAC warns that if Canadians become ill, they may also have limited access to timely and appropriate health care, and there may be delays in returning to the country.
The travel advisory doesn’t list any specific countries, but monkeypox cases have been reported in places like the UK and US
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“PHAC is working closely with international, provincial and territorial health partners to gather information on this evolving issue,” the agency said.
Another case was found British Columbia It has been confirmed by the BC Centre for Disease Control, but is awaiting further confirmation from the National Microbiology Laboratory.
PHAC recommends consulting a healthcare professional or visiting a travel health clinic at least six weeks before travel. Wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and avoiding close physical contact with people who are sick are also recommended.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 700 cases of monkeypox have been detected in non-endemic countries, mostly Europe, since May.
Monkeypox is spread through contact with infected sores and items such as bedding or towels. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets, through coughing or sneezing.
While it can be spread through close contact during sexual activity, it’s unclear whether it’s spread through semen or vaginal or rectal fluids.
The CDC recommends that exposed people monitor for symptoms, which may appear 5 to 21 days after exposure.
They should also limit close contact with others, including sexual contact.
Symptoms mainly include skin lesions of the mouth and genitals, but may also include fever, headache, and joint and muscle pain. WHO.
Anyone showing symptoms was asked to see a healthcare professional, wear a mask and cover the lesion, and notify the clinic in advance.
“Anyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, can contract and transmit the virus through close contact, including intimate sexual contact with an infected or contaminated person,” Dr. Tam Wing ShiCanada’s chief public health officer said in a briefing Friday.
– File from Elizabeth McSheffy of Global News
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