Toronto Public Health confirms first three cases of Omicron variant in city
Last week, Toronto’s Public Health Department confirmed three new cases of Omicron variant.
This is the first known case of the condition in Toronto. The cases involve three men over the age of 40 who were both working but contracted the disease following travel overseas.
Dr. Joanne Chai, a microbiiologist at Toronto Public Health, says the source of the Omicron variant is “likely” coming from “sponges, including one used for medical purposes”.
The Public Health Department says it will follow up with all patients who may be affected by the variant.
The Public Health Department can confirm three people have tested positive for or have been diagnosed with a variant of the Omicron virus (OV), which emerged in 2006 in New York City.
The Public Health Department is following up with all people who may be affected by the Omicron variant and is working closely with physicians specializing in infectious diseases to ensure they can get tested.
A total of 6,967 confirmed cases of OV were reported in the USA in 2007 and most are travel-associated. New York City has had the most reported cases with 1,093 in 2007. In 2006, 1,013 cases were reported in New York City.
The Public Health Department is also following up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Public Health Department is still waiting for the WHO declaration that OV has been eradicated.
Health officials say all health-care workers should use personal protective equipment when conducting procedures and contact the Public Health Department to find out if anyone has tested positive for OV.
The Public Health Department will provide further information when additional information is available.
Health officials in Tampa on Monday reported a case of a woman with a confirmed diagnosis of Omicron variant. She had traveled to Mexico, where her diagnosis was confirmed.
In an interview, Dr. Steven Shafer, the Tampa Medical Examiner, stated: “This case illustrates the need for physicians and health-care providers to screen patients who may have contracted the disease