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The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Canada has increased to five

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The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Canada has increased to five

On Friday, Canadian health officials confirmed three more cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of cases in the country to five, and said several more samples are being examined, assuring the public that the viral disease is not yet a serious threat.

Santé Quebec, the province’s health department, was notified Friday evening that three samples had tested positive for monkeypox.

At the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, nearly two dozen more samples are being tested.

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“So far, we do know not many of these individuals are connected to travel to Africa, where the disease is normally seen,” Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr Theresa Tam, told reporters during a briefing. This is extraordinary. This many cases reported in different countries outside of Africa is unusual for the world.”

However, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated that the risk of disease spreading in Canada is “low.”

PHAC said in a statement released on Thursday, when the first two cases were discovered, that the disease had never been found in Canada before.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is similar to human smallpox but is milder and is found mostly in West and Central Africa. It is spread by “close contact with an infected individual, such as through direct contact with their body fluids, respiratory droplets, or monkeypox sores, or by sharing clothing, bedding, or common items that have been contaminated with the infected person’s fluids or sores,” according to the CDC. In all registered infections, the case-fatality ratio has fluctuated but has remained between 0 and 10%.

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Fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes are common signs and symptoms of monkeypox, as is a rash that appears a few days after symptoms like fever appear.

Tam also stated that Canada is considering deploying its smallpox vaccine, which has been shown to be effective against monkeypox.

Physical separation, hygiene measures, and wearing masks were all used to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, according to PHAC, and could help people “lower their risk” of contracting monkeypox.

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World Blood Donor Day is today. Why it’s crucial

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World Blood Donor Day is today. Why it’s crucial

The World blood donor day is observed every year on June 14 with an aim to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. The day also highlights the critical contribution that voluntary and unpaid blood donors make to the health systems to save lives, as per the WHO.

The day also aims to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid donors and manage access to blood and transfusion services across the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that blood and blood products be given to patients suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth, as well as children suffering from severe anaemia and inherited disorders of haemoglobin in order to improve their chances of survival after accidents and emergencies.

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Every day, several lives are saved by transfusion performed with safe blood and blood products. Reportedly, while the need for blood is universal, access to it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries, World Health Organization says.

The slogan and theme for the 2022 World Blood Donor Day is ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives’. Mexico will host the day through its National Blood Centre. The global event will be held in the city of Guadalajara on June 14.

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