Canada confirms 604 cases of monkeypox, 320 reported in Quebec: Official
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed a total of 604 cases of monkeypox in the country on Wednesday.
The cases included 320 from Quebec, 230 from Ontario, 40 from British Columbia, 12 from Alberta and two from Saskatchewan, Xinhua news agency reported.
Canada’s federal government said Wednesday it would provide funds to support community organizations in the fight against monkeypox.
According to PHAC, provinces and territories are reviewing data on cases in their jurisdictions, and those who meet the case definition will be reported to PHAC for inclusion in the national investigation.
The National Microbiology Laboratory performs diagnostic tests for the virus that causes monkeypox. Additionally, the lab is performing whole genome sequencing, enhanced fingerprint analysis, on Canadian monkeypox samples, PHAC said.
Monkeypox is a sylvatic zoonosis which can cause infections in humans and the disease usually occurs in forested areas of Central and West Africa. It is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family, according to the World Health Organization.
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