Toronto Public Health confirms second case of monkeypox in city

Toronto Public Health says the city has the second confirmed case of monkeypox.

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The public health unit says the new confirmed case is of a man in his 40s.

The first case of the virus was confirmed in Toronto on May 26.


The Public Health Department says that six other cases are still under investigation.

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Nine cases which were under investigation have been considered negative.

Toronto Public Health says anyone who has been in contact with a person with monkeypox can catch the virus.

Close person-to-person contact includes direct contact with respiratory droplets, skin lesions or bodily fluids, or indirect contact through contaminated clothing or linens.

Health officials say monkeypox does not spread easily between people and is not as contagious as COVID-19.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses that cause smallpox, which the World Health Organization declared a worldwide eradication in 1980.

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