City of Hamilton now has 7 confirmed monkeypox cases

Published July 24, 2022 at 9:51 am

A microscopic view of the monkeypox virus

New data released by Public Health Ontario shows there are seven cases of monkeypox currently being dealt with in Hamilton.

The data, current as of July 21, does not reveal the age or gender of those specifically infected, but a snapshot of cases from across Ontario show that 99 per cent of those with monkeypox are men.

In Ontario, there are now 288 confirmed cases of monkeypox with 220 of the cases in Toronto. Nine people are being treated in hospital, but no deaths have been reported.

The average age of a person infected across the province is 36.8 years and most commonly reported symptoms include rash, oral/genital lesions, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, chills, myalgia and fatigue.

The news comes as the World Health Organization announced Saturday (July 23) that monkeypox is now present in 70 countries and is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency. Such a declaration is considered a high alert and meant for nations and health bodies to treat the situation seriously.




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