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Toronto Public Health hosts 2 clinics to vaccinate against monkey pox

Toronto Public Health hosted two vaccine clinics on Saturday for those most at risk of contracting the monkeypox virus.

The health unit said the clinics at the 519 community center in Church Street and Metro Hall are for adults who self-identify as male and have sex with other men.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses that cause smallpox, which was eradicated from around the world in 1980, according to the World Health Organization, but it generally does not spread easily between humans and is instead transmitted through prolonged close quarters. Contact.

“We’re trying to avoid the stigmatization of gay men,” Rita Shahin, Toronto’s medical officer of health, told CBC News.

“Monkeypox is spread through close person-to-person contact, so close skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact, and anyone can be at risk. It just happens that the first cases we see in the community are [among] gay men.”

Toronto Public Health says the virus is not as transmissible as COVID-19.

The health unit says symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that “often appears within a few days” after symptoms start.

Photos taken in clinical settings show monkeypox lesions in patients in the UK, during a global outbreak of cases outside the virus’ typical endemic regions in Africa. (UK Health Security Agency)

As of Friday, Toronto has confirmed 26 cases of monkeypox out of a total of 30 across the province. All of the confirmed cases in Ontario have been found in men, according to Public Health Ontario, with cases ranging from people between the ages of 25 and 59.

Vernon Finney was one of the people queuing at the 519 for the vaccine on Saturday.

“I’m just being careful, with Pride coming up I want to make sure I’m safe before the weekend,” said Finney.

“There will be a lot of parties and a lot of people around, so I think it’s important to get the vaccine ahead of time.”

Andrew Schmitt, at the same clinic, also said he wanted to be careful.

“We just want to be prepared for whatever comes with this [virus]Schmitt said.

“We’ve been scarred by COVID and we’ve clearly learned our lesson, so we’re just trying to be more proactive about it.”

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