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The U.S. declared monkeypox a health emergency. Should Canada follow suit?

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monkeypox as a public health emergency Thursday, questions are being raised about whether Canada should follow suit as case numbers continue to rise.The American move follows a similar announcement late last month by the World Health Organization declaring monkeypox a global health emergency — and in both cases, these developments trigger more attention and, in the U.S., more money and other resources to fight the virus.

Monkeypox — U.S. declares health emergency amid outbreak Dr. Don Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre, says he believes Canada, as a member state of the WHO, has an obligation to follow suit now that the UN agency has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.“We do need to respond accordingly,” he said. “I think formally declaring an emergency response helps sort of shepherd or steer administrations, which may be a bit ambivalent.”Such a declaration in Canada wouldn’t have to look like the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most recent event to prompt a Canadian declaration of a health emergency, he said.But he said it could trigger a deployment of additional resources that would be helpful to those fighting the virus where it is spreading in Canada now — and prevent it from becoming harder to contain in the future.

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