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Dr. Sudit Ranade

Monkeypox risk factors, territory’s response reviewed

Monkeypox is rarely fatal, Dr. Sudit Ranade, the territory’s new chief medical officer of health, reminded Yukoners today.

By Whitehorse Star on August 4, 2022

Monkeypox is rarely fatal, Dr. Sudit Ranade, the territory’s new chief medical officer of health, reminded Yukoners today.

The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the Yukon in July.

Monkeypox usually causes mild disease that resolves within two to four weeks, Ranade said in a statement.

“For some people, the symptoms can be challenging to manage, and can include fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat, cough, and a painful skin rash.”

The Department of Health and Social Services’ public health branch and Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) are working closely with health system and community partners “to ensure Yukoners are aware of the risk factors associated with monkeypox, perform routine case and contact management, and to provide people the most up-to-date information available about preventing transmission,” the top physician added.

“Educating Yukoners and increasing awareness of risk factors is an important part of the territory’s prevention strategy,” he said.

“Anyone can be exposed and infected from close, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact.

“Monkeypox may also spread by prolonged contact with contaminated surfaces like bedding or clothing.”

Though vaccination will also support the territory’s response to monkeypox, he said, “the current supply of vaccines is extremely limited.

“The benefits of vaccination in terms of reducing or preventing monkeypox transmission remain unknown, and there is limited evidence for the use of vaccine to reduce symptoms in people who have been exposed or who have risk factors for exposure.

“Depending on the level of exposure, contacts of a known case may be offered vaccination in the territory to reduce their risk of severe disease.

“Early reports of monkeypox spread in Canada show an association with the Queer community, specifically through close, skin-to-skin contact between men,” Ranade said.

“However, anyone can be exposed and infected, regardless of their sexuality or gender. At this time, monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

“Unfairly stigmatizing any group causes harm and could delay infection prevention and control efforts. This will make it more difficult to identify, treat, and manage cases.”

Ranade offered this advice.

“If you’re not feeling well, limit close contact with others. If you develop a rash or lesions, avoid all skin-to-skin contact, keep that area of your body covered, and contact your health care provider, health care centre or the emergency room to be assessed. If you’re unsure, call 811.”

Ranade also notified the public about how the government will manage the release of information about monkeypox.

“The Department of Health and Social Services will not announce suspected or confirmed monkeypox case numbers, their location, or any demographic or identifiable information,” Ranade announced.

“The latest information on monkeypox in the Yukon can be found at https://Yukon.ca/monkeypox, which also links to a variety of helpful resources from B.C. Centre for Disease Control and outbreak updates from Health Canada.”

Comments (10)

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bonanzajoe on Aug 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm

@The Other Dave on Aug 5, 2022. For that very reason, I am not concerned either.

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DL on Aug 5, 2022 at 3:24 pm

At this time, what we really need to know is the degree to which the covid jabs have compromised people's immune system (which could explain rising rates of ‘shingles’ and/or ‘monkeypox’).

Why don't these CMOs talk about the recent sudden deaths of multiple young doctors from Ontario hospitals with mandatory covid jabs requirement for medical staff. They died soon after taking the 4th jab.

Also, why the sudden and "unexplained" sharp increase in all cause mortality in 2021 (the year of the covid injections) and up to now. The fact that medical authorities don't ever mention the obvious , i.e. the timing coincides with mass distribution of covid injections, is highly suspect.
Here’s an example:
“Unexplained high death counts in N.B. concerning, health minister acknowledges”

CMOs all over Canada should be producing statistics showing the covid injection status for all of these "unexplained" excess mortality. The covid jab is still an EXPERIMENTAL product, won't be fully approved until 2023. It should be MANDATORY to provide the public with statistics on the impact on public health following the mass vaccination of our population with this experimental product.

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The Other Dave on Aug 5, 2022 at 11:12 am

Without ‘stigmatizing’ any of the lefts groups of alphabet people I know perfectly well I won’t be exposed to Monkeypox.

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Matthew on Aug 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Yawn... fact is 99% are gay men.. why!? Talk about selective infections.. would be interesting to know the like if they are vaxed with covid of not.. remember, mRNA vaccine is BRAND NEW, do YOU know what you've injected? Know the short or long term side effects!? Not so far-fetched to ask these questions and make a possible link.

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Toe on Aug 4, 2022 at 7:22 pm

Different doctor every eight months??? Where did he come from. Not the Yukon that's for sure.

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bonanzajoe on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:56 pm

Hey doc why don't you tell us how this pox was created and by whom. Why don't you tell us who are getting it and how it is being spread. I'm real tired of you wokes telling us the watered down truth - aka bs.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

I haven't read anything about Monkeypox and Covid vaccine Moderna. But I have read that there is a suspected link between AstraZeneca's vaccine and the sudden outbreak of Monkeypox. Monkeypox has been around forever, but all of a sudden it seems to be world wide. I think the same as I did about Covid.. it is prudent to practice good hygiene, don't kiss and hug strangers. Go about my life as normal. Life IS short for everyone, and I am not going to spend my shortness locked inside my house.

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Wilf Carter on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:14 pm

US has just declared Monkeypox in US a health emergency. Are we behind in Yukon and Canada? Is this going to put an even more strain on over loaded health care system?

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Josey Wales on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Hmmm...another thing that does often kill and destroy lives is blind faith!
Folks y’all really should stop listening to anything these political talking heads gotta say.
CMOs across this vast land aided in corrupting that institution for years and still try. Seeking factual medical advice from many of those idiots?
...is like looking to Clifford Olson for babysitting tips and child care advice.
At least Clifford went to prison, none of the CMOs will ever, nor the political blowholes that shucked their responsibilities to the alleged “experts”

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John on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Yes I shall be adding all this wisdom to my diary this evening. When do we have to start wearing masks, etc?

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