Confirmed cases of monkeypox in Saskatchewan will be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada per routine reporting practices.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus.
Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person. It is spread through close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the disease, including touching their bodily fluids and coming into contact with infected objects, such as unwashed bedding and clothing.
Vaccines are now available for individuals who are considered high risk to prevent infection. Call HealthLine 811 for assessment of risk and referral.
Further information on monkeypox is available:
- Public Health Agency of Canada - Monkeypox: Symptoms and management
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Monkeypox
- Public Health Agency of Canada - Monkeypox: For Health Professionals
What You Need to Know
The signs and symptoms of monkeypox typically include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion and swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often appears within a few days after symptoms such as fever develop.
- Info sheet: If you have had exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox.
- Q&A: Monkeypox Updated August 15, 2022
- Poster: What is Monkeypox?
- Poster: At Risk of Monkeypox? Get Vaccinated
Risk to Canadians
- The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provinces and territories to investigate reports of potential cases of monkeypox in Canada.
- The risk to Canadians remains low.
- If you have recently travelled to Africa, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox and develop fever or other symptoms of illness within three weeks of return to Canada, call HealthLine 811 or consult a health care provider.
The IMVAMUNE® Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria. For more details on eligibility, view/download the following information sheet (available in English and French):
- IMVAMUNE®Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine (English Version) Updated October 3, 2022
- Vaccin contre la variole et la variole simienne IMVAMUNE® (French Version) Updated October 12, 2022