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Canada has reported 890 cases of monkeypox as of Aug. 3, with Ontario reporting the most cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Wednesday.

Ontario reported 423 cases. There have been 373 cases reported in Quebec, 78 in British Columbia, 13 in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan and one in the Yukon.

Monkeypox is a viral infectious disease related to smallpox, according to PHAC. The agency works with provinces, territories and international partners to actively monitor the situation in Canada.

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Most people infected with monkeypox recover on their own after a few weeks, but in some circumstances, people can become very sick and die, the PHAC says on its website.

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Infected individuals usually develop symptoms five to 21 days after exposure to the monkeypox virus, which includes a painful rash that can last between 14 and 28 days.

The rash may be accompanied by other symptoms, including fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, joint pain, back pain and fatigue.

PHAC advises infected individuals to isolate at home and contact their healthcare provider or local public health authorities.

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On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.

“WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk to be high,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 26,208 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 87 countries as of August 3.

Spain reported its second death caused by monkeypox on July 30. The two deaths are believed to be the first confirmed since the outbreak in the European Union, the Associated Press previously reported.

Monkeypox is spread from person to person, through contact with contaminated objects, and from animals to humans, the PHAC said.

Individuals may become infected during sexual contact – including oral and non-penetrative contact, when providing care to an infected person, or when living in the same household as an individual carrying the virus.

To minimize the risk of being infected with the monkeypox virus, the PHAC recommends that individuals use condoms, practice safe sex and have fewer sexual partners.

Montreal health officials say men who have sex with men should get the monkeypox vaccination rather than limiting the number of people they have sex with, the Canadian Press reported.

In Canada, adults 18 years of age and older are eligible for the IMVAMUNE vaccine, which was originally developed for use for the prevention of smallpox.

— With files from The Canadian Press and Associated Press

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