New Brunswick Health minister says province has one suspected case of monkeypox

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's health minister says the province has identified a suspected case of monkeypox.

Dorothy Shephard says the case was first identified in early May but has yet to be confirmed by the national laboratory in Winnipeg.

Until then, Shephard says she won't release any details about the patient or what area of the province they live in.

Health officials say the monkeypox virus does not spread easily between people and is not as transmissible as COVID-19.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses that cause smallpox, which the World Health Organization declared eradicated around the globe in 1980.

Quebec has the largest reported monkeypox outbreak in the country, with 52 confirmed cases in the province as of May 31.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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