Monkeypox outbreak ‘shows signs of slowing’ in Britain, health officials say | CBC News

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British health officials say the country-wide monkeypox outbreak “shows signs of slowing down” but it is still too early to tell whether the decline will continue.

In a statement Monday, the Health Security Agency said authorities are reporting about 29 new monkeypox infections every day, compared with 52 daily cases during the last week of June. In July, authorities estimated that the outbreak was doubling every two weeks. To date, the UK has recorded more than 3,000 cases of monkeypox, with more than 70 per cent of cases in London.

The agency also said that more than 27,000 people have been immunized with a vaccine designed against smallpox, a related disease.

“These thousands of vaccines, administered by the [National Health Service] for those most at risk of exposure, it should have a significant impact on virus transmission,” the agency said.

He said the vast majority of cases were in men who are gay, bisexual or who have sex with men and that vaccinations were prioritized for them and their closest contacts and health workers.

Last month, Britain downgraded its assessment of the monkeypox outbreak after seeing no signs of sustained monkeypox transmission beyond the sexual networks of men who have sex with men; 99 per cent of infections in the UK are in men.

British authorities said they bought 150,000 doses of the vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic, the world’s only supplier. The first 50,000 doses have already been deployed or will soon be shared with clinics across the country, with the next 100,000 vaccines expected to be delivered in September.

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Canada now has over 1,000 cases of monkeypox

As Canada reaches over 1,000 cases of monkeypox, public health officials say we have a sufficient supply of vaccine. In the US, health officials are administering smaller doses of monkeypox vaccine to stretch limited supplies.

Canada to use wastewater testing to track disease

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has repeatedly refused to provide the amount of monkeypox vaccine that Canada has in national stockpile, citing safety concerns, despite providing that amount for other vaccines and other countries. who share that information.

Public Health Director Dr. Theresa Tam said during a news conference on Friday that Canada has so far deployed 99,000 vaccines to provinces and territories.

He said it was “too early to tell” if cases were slowing in Canada, though there may be “some early signs” that they are not rising at the same rate as at the beginning of the outbreak.

are now 1,059 cases of monkeypox across Canada, with the bulk of them in Ontario and Quebec, and Tam said Canada will soon move to testing wastewater in different regions of the country to better track the spread of the disease, building on the infrastructure developed to monitor COVID-19. during the pandemic.

Anyone can become infected with monkeypox through multiple forms of close physical contact with the lesions of an infected person, including skin-to-skin contact such as touching or sexual intercourse, as well as through respiratory droplets in a conversation, or even being exposed to contaminated clothing. or bedding.

Most people recover without treatment, but injuries can be extremely painful, and severe cases can lead to complications, including brain swelling and death.

Globally, more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in almost 90 countries. Last month, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global emergency and US officials classified the epidemic there as a national emergency, but Canada did not do the same.

Outside of Africa, 98 percent of cases are men who have sex with men. With only a limited global supply of vaccine, authorities are racing to stop monkeypox before it becomes established as a new disease.

Tam said more than 99 percent of monkeypox cases in Canada are men and the average age of those infected is 35. Late last month, PHAC urged gay and bisexual men to practice safe sex and limit the number of sexual partners, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus between sexual networks.

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