Ottawa/IBNS: Canadian travellers abroad have been warned by the country’s public health agency to be extra careful amid the rapid spread of monkeypox.
The monkeypox virus, which causes telltale skin lesions, enters human populations when someone touches or eats infected wildlife and spread through close contact which includes respiratory droplets in the air, skin-to-skin contact or by touching contaminated surfaces such as clothes or bedding.
At least 100 cases have been confirmed in Canada, with 90 in Quebec, eight in Toronto, two in Alberta and one reported by British Columbia.
A level two travel health notice was issued by the government of Canada to encourage people travelling outside the country to take extra precautions.
Canadians leaving the country were warned by the public health agency of limited access to appropriate care if they become ill. They could face delays returning home and be subjected to isolation or other measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Travellers have been advised by the agency to consult a healthcare professional or a travel health clinic at least six weeks before travelling and to be particularly vigilant at any large parties or gatherings.
The agency added that anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of monkeypox should delay their travel and isolate themselves.
Canada’s travel notice is applicable to 27 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain and Germany.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)