Canada health agency says spread of monkeypox across countries is ‘unusual’

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Canada's chief public health officer has said that the spread of monkeypox around the world is "unusual" but the risk to Canadians is "low."

"It’s unusual for the world to see [this] many cases reported in different countries outside of Africa," Dr Theresa Tam said.

As of 19 May Canada has confirmed two cases of monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a virus which is transmitted to humans from animals from "direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animal" according to the World Health Organisation.

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