- Monkeypox is a rare condition brought on by infection with the monkeypox virus, and it has the typical signs of that condition, such as fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
- The Ministry of Health and Saskatchewan Health Authority have increased surveillance for monkeypox.
- Due to Canada’s constrained vaccination supply, Saskatchewan will provide immunizations to those they deem high risk.
Public health experts in Saskatchewan have confirmed one individual has monkeypox.
With classic symptoms including fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, monkeypox is an uncommon disease brought on by infection with the monkeypox virus.
Officials warn that although a contact tracing and public health investigation are ongoing, “acquisition presumably occurred outside of the province.”
According to Dr. Julie Kryzanowski, deputy chief medical health officer, “the risk in Saskatchewan and Canada remains minimal, but individuals are encouraged to be aware of the symptoms as well as contact a healthcare practitioner if they feel they may be infected.”
Due to the possibility of identifying the person, their location, gender, and age will not be disclosed.
The government said in a release that “health professionals will issue a public notification to a community or area if the risk to others is considered severe.”
According to officials, the disease is transferred by prolonged face-to-face contact, touching bodily fluids or lesions of a person who is ill with it, or coming into contact with contaminated items like bed linens or clothing. Monkeypox does not travel easily from person to person.
The province requests that anyone who recently visited regions of Canada or other countries where there are known monkeypox occurrences or who has come into touch with someone who has the disease should keep an eye out for symptoms.
Within three weeks of returning to Saskatchewan, people should call HealthLine 811 or see a doctor if they get a fever or other illness-related symptoms.
Monkeypox surveillance has been stepped up by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Health. Healthcare professionals have also made known signs, symptoms, and treatments.
In addition, Kryzanowski mentioned that a monkeypox vaccine is under consideration.
Regarding the follow-up, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has advised using a vaccination that could shield contacts from contracting monkeypox infection.
As a result of Canada’s restricted vaccination supply, Saskatchewan will distribute vaccines to those they judge to be at high risk.
“Canadians in general and Saskatchewan inhabitants are at minimal risk. However, difficulties may arise for those exposed to or contract monkeypox as an infectious disease. It is crucial that people can receive the proper diagnosis, the appropriate treatment, and notification of contacts because the symptoms may be severe in terms of presentation.
Source: Global News