Monkeypox in Toronto: 2 suspected cases, 2 probable cases under investigation

Two new suspected cases of monkeypox and one new probable case of the virus were reported in Toronto on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases under investigation in the city to four.

Toronto Public Health said the three newly reported cases were in men – two in their 30s and one in their 20s – and they were “doing well”.

One of the three men had traveled to Montreal and was a contact of the first suspected case. Toronto Public Health said it was investigating the city over the weekend.

This first case involved a man in his 40s who had been in contact with someone who had recently traveled to Montreal. The agency said Wednesday that the first case was now considered a probable case.

Quebec health officials have reported a total of 15 confirmed cases in that province. Last week, Quebec reported the first cases of the virus in Canada.

Does not spread easily between people

Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses that causes smallpox, which the World Health Organization declared eradicated worldwide in 1980.

In general, monkeypox does not spread easily between people and is transmitted through prolonged close contact, including direct contact with respiratory droplets, bodily fluids, or wounds of an infected person.

Monkeypox is generally milder than smallpox and can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and lesions all over the body.

Health officials have said the risk posed by monkeypox is low.