Peterborough Public Well being confirmed the area’s first confirmed case of monkeypox on Wednesday, June 22, two days after the provincial well being company confirmed 33 circumstances in Ontario.
Peterborough Regional Well being Medical Officer Dr Thomas Pigott mentioned anybody who had been involved with the case had been notified. The vaccine is being supplied to contacts of the case as a type of post-exposure prophylaxis.
Monkeypox is a virus that may unfold between animals and people via extended shut contact. Though monkeypox is in the identical household as smallpox, monkeypox is way milder and fewer contagious.
Monkeypox is a uncommon viral illness that causes fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes and lethargy, adopted by a rash on folks, in line with the Ontario Division of Public Well being. It’s transmitted to people via direct contact with bodily fluids or lesions of an contaminated animal or individual, via respiratory droplets from an contaminated individual, or from mom to fetus.
Knowledge shared by the province states that as of June 20, Toronto has reported 28 of 33 circumstances, all of which have thus far been confined to the male inhabitants.
Nevertheless, there are 11 different suspected circumstances and 34 suspected circumstances within the province.
45 suspected and suspected circumstances, together with 11 females, have been reported by 9 public well being items.
“The monkeypox virus has been circulating in Ontario for a number of weeks. We do count on it to succeed in our space and we’re able to assist circumstances and phone efforts,” Pigott mentioned.
“Monkeypox is just not simply unfold from individual to individual; nonetheless, we do advocate that everybody concentrate on the indicators and signs of the virus and search speedy medical consideration if signs develop.”
Signs could seem inside 5 to 21 days of publicity to somebody with the virus. Signs could embody:
• Rash or blisters across the mouth and genitals
• swollen lymph nodes
• Fever and chills
• Muscle ache
Peterborough Public Well being advises residents with signs to hunt speedy medical consideration. Whereas there is no such thing as a remedy for the virus, signs will be managed and people normally get better inside two to 4 weeks.
For extra data on monkeypox virus, go to peterboroughpublichealth.ca. Extra data will also be discovered on the Homosexual Males’s Sexual Well being Alliance webpage.