Four cases of monkeypox recorded in Alberta as COVID-19 hospitalizations fall

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Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health says the province has now recorded four cases of monkeypox.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says all four cases involve adults who are now self-isolating and helping health officials trace their close contacts.

Hinshaw says the risk of the disease in Alberta remains low.

She says the disease is spread by close physical contact.

That includes multiple sexual partners, although the disease is not sexually transmitted.

Hinshaw adds that the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has decreased by 20 per cent over the past two weeks.

Still, 42 more Albertans died of the infection between May 17 and May 23.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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