Monkeypox, severe hepatitis raise concerns of virus outbreaks post-COVID

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn that emerging viruses are inevitable in the coming years and that better surveillance is needed to stay ahead of potential new pathogens.

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The recent appearance of monkeypox has left researchers to figure out how the rare infectious virus is spreading in countries, including Canada, that don’t usually see it.

Meanwhile, cases of severe acute hepatitis in children have also raised concerns in many countries.


Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said: “Emerging infectious disease can affect us forever.”

“And we must be as prepared as we can, which means strengthening Granthshala public health capacity,” she said during a news conference on Friday.

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Experts say climate change and increased human-to-wildlife interaction are contributing factors when it comes to the emergence of viruses, which are “largely man-made”.