Canada issues travel advisory related to monkeypox, warns of potential delays in returning home

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A monkeypox vaccination clinic run by CIUSSS public health authorities is seen in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 6, 2022. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

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OTTAWA, June 7 (Reuters) – Canada issued a travel advisory linked to monkeypox on Tuesday, advising travelers from more than two dozen countries, including Australia, Britain and the United States, to take precautions and warning of potential delays in returning home if they become ill.

In a Level 2 advisory – a grade below a call to avoid non-essential travel – the Public Health Agency of Canada said travelers may be subject to procedures aimed at limiting the spread of monkeypox, like isolation, if they were infected.

“You may have limited access to timely and appropriate health care if you become ill, and you may experience delays in getting home,” the agency said on Twitter.

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Around 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with more than 911 confirmed or suspected cases, mostly in Europe.

Canada has confirmed 81 cases of the disease, most of which have been recorded in its second most populous province of Quebec.

Monkeypox, which is spread by close contact and was first found in monkeys, occurs mainly in West and Central Africa and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere. Read more

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Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; edited by Richard Pullin

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