Toronto health officials are investigating the city’s first suspected case of monkey pox.
The case involves a male resident in his 40s who recently had contact with someone who traveled to Montreal; the person is now recovering in the hospital, according to Toronto Public Health (TPH).
In a press release issued Saturday, the health agency emphasized that the risk to the public is “very low” and that the disease is not easily spread between people. It generally spreads through contact with bodily fluids from mokeypox sores, contaminated clothing or bedding, or respiratory droplets, according to TPH.
The health department advises people who may have been exposed if they visited the Axis Club (722 College St.) on May 14 or Woody’s Bar (467 Church St.) on May 13 or 14.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads. Most people recover on their own without treatment, according to TPH. Anyone exposed is asked to self-monitor.
dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, said provinces will continue to investigate on Friday “a few dozen” possible cases across Canada. She also said more cases are likely to be confirmed over time.