Monkeypox is a viral illness most commonly found in parts of Central and West Africa. The virus is usually spread to humans by touching or being bitten by an infected animal such as rodents or non-human primates. Monkeypox may spread from human to human but this is rare. Outside of Africa, cases have usually been linked to international travel or imported animals from these regions.
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In May 2022, human cases of monkeypox were identified in several countries where it is not typically found. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed cases in Canada. Investigations are ongoing, but many of the global cases identified to date have reported close or intimate contact with other cases, or sexual contact with anonymous partners such as at a bar or party. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is aware of and monitoring for potential risks to Canadians and is working with provincial and territorial partners to monitor for and investigate potential cases.