Monkeypox now a global health threat. But risk not necessarily higher in Canada: experts – GLOBAL

July 25, 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency Saturday, and while experts acknowledge the virus may be a constant threat in Canada, they say the risk level hasn’t necessarily increased in the country.

“I don’t think that that threat has necessarily increased at the moment, but it certainly has the potential to do so,” said Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre.

Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at the Toronto General Hospital, said the risk to the general public in Canada is extraordinarily low right now.

“It’s impacting the community of men who have sex with other men now, but that doesn’t mean it can’t spread beyond that community,” said Bogoch.

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