What you need to know about monkeypox in Saskatchewan

With the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issuing an alert about an increased risk of monkeypox in the province, there are a number of things you may need to know to move forward.

On Saturday, August 13, SHA confirmed there were three cases of monkeypox in the province. While cases have historically been from individuals exposed outside of Saskatchewan, there are now individuals exposed within the province.

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Sask Health is warning the public of an increased risk of contracting monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that causes fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and lethargy, followed by the development of a rash over a person’s body. Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person. It is distributed by:

  • Close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.
  • Touching bodily fluids or lesions of a person with the disease.
  • Exposure to contaminated items such as bedding or clothing.

dr Saqib Shahab, the chief medical health officer for Saskatchewan, said the cases so far have occurred almost exclusively in the gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (gbMSM) community.

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“We now think the risk of sustained transmission is greater in Saskatchewan … particularly in that community,” Shahab said.

Noting that these trends are very similar to those seen across Canada, Shahab urges anyone at risk to contact Healthline 811.

“If you’re part of the gbMSM community, it’s really important that at the first sign of illness you contact Healthline (811) for counseling, testing and isolation until diagnosed,” he said Shahab.

Because monkeypox is primarily spread through close contact, Saskatoon Sexual Health (SSH) is warning people about the difference between STIs and monkeypox.

“It’s important to note that monkeypox is not an STI,” the SSH board said in an email. “However, it is spread through close contact that sexual partners often have. Anyone can get monkeypox and it’s not just for gay and bisexual people. Monkeypox is spread through any close personal contact, including but not limited to sexual contact.”

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There are a number of things you can do to help prevent the spread of monkeypox.

“Wash your hands often, wear a mask and avoid touching your face,” SSH said. “If someone has been exposed to monkeypox, they should be alert for symptoms, and if they develop symptoms, they should stay home, self-isolate and limit contact with household members until all lesions have healed and respiratory symptoms have resolved.”

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Vaccines are another way people in Saskatchewan can protect themselves.

The SHA announced that post-alert monkeypox vaccine requirements would be expanded to include both post- and pre-exposure.

Individuals eligible for vaccination include select high-risk contacts aged 18 and over, ideally identified within 4 days and up to 14 days of exposure. Those at high risk of exposure are also eligible. SHA criteria include:

  • Are transgender or self-identify as two spirits, bisexual, gay, or men who have sex with men (MSM)

And one or more of the following:

  • Have recently (in the last 6 months) had a sexually transmitted infection;
  • Report having had two or more sexual partners in the past six months;
  • Had (in the past six months) or planned to have sexual contact that involved exchanging money or other goods for sexual services;
  • Report that (in the past 6 months) you have had or plan to have sexual contact at an event or social gathering that involves MSM-related sexual activity (sauna, bathhouse, club);
  • Have (in the past six months) or plan to have sexual contact with an anonymous partner (at an event or via a hook-up app);
  • Planning to travel to an area in Canada or internationally within the next three months and currently reporting cases of monkeypox;

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  • Anyone 18 years or older who works or volunteers at an event or social gathering that involves MSM-related sexual activity (sauna, bathhouse, club).

For more information on monkeypox, visit the SHA website.


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