1st case of monkeypox confirmed in Windsor-Essex

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the region has its first case of monkeypox. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the region has its first case of monkeypox. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)

The public health unit in Windsor-Essex confirms that a the region has diagnosed its first case of monkeypox.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said Wednesday that the case was confirmed through lab testing.

"At this time, the risk of monkeypox transmission in the community remains low," Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, acting medical officer of health, said in a media release.

"Although cases have mostly been identified among males who report sexual or intimate contact with other males, anyone can get monkeypox. The most commonly reported risk factors include engaging in sexual or intimate contact with new and/or more than one partner."

Monkeypox symptoms usually develop seven to 14 days after exposure. WECHU says that symptoms include fever, headache, fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion, followed by a rash.

As of a report published on July 18, there were  230 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ontario.

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