Monkeypox cases spike in Canada – has the risk level changed in the country? – GLOBAL

July 15, 2022

Since its unusual emergence in the West this spring, monkeypox has been a topic of discussion among Canadians as officials work to limit its spread.

On Wednesday, Canada reported a 59 per cent increase in monkeypox cases over the last week – mirroring a trend of rising cases reported across the globe.

Though cases are on the rise, the risk to the general population remains low – but that doesn’t mean Canadians shouldn’t be vigilant, health experts say.

“If you’re not part of that at-risk community for the moment, that doesn’t mean that you’re impervious to the virus. It just means that for the moment, it’s not something that should be preoccupying you or causing you to have anxiety,” said Dr. Don Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre.

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