Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that spreads through direct contact with body fluids. The virus can enter the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract or mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth coming into direct contact with a contaminated source (ie. fluids from monkeypox lesions, contaminated materials or items, prolonged face-to-face contact, bites or scratches from an infected animal). Most people recover on their own without treatment, and close contacts of a positive case can be effectively treated with a vaccine.

Anyone with close personal contact with a person with monkeypox could be at risk. Self-isolate and contact a healthcare provider if symptoms develop or if you have had contact with a known or suspected case of monkeypox. For additional information on monkeypox you can contact our Client and Community Support Call Centre at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and public health units across Ontario are closely monitoring the situation.

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