Durham Region has first case of monkeypox


Published June 30, 2022 at 2:54 pm

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Durham Region has its first confirmed case of monkeypox, one of 67 cases in the Province confirmed by Public Health Ontario.

The majority of the cases – 54 – are from Toronto, with Ottawa (3), Halton (2) and Middlesex-London (2) also confirming multiple cases. Single cases have been confirmed in Durham and Peel Regions, Haldimand-Norfolk, Peterborough, Simcoe-Muskoka and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

All 67 cases are men, with ages ranging from 23-60

There are also five ‘probable’ cases on monkeypox – including one woman – from Toronto, Peel and London.

A spokeperson from the office of Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region’s Medical Officer of Health , confirmed the Public Health Ontario report. The home community of the confirmed case was not disclosed to protect the identity of the person.

The most commonly reported symptoms of the virus include rash, oral/genital lesions, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, chills, myalgia and fatigue.

The most commonly reported risk factors are:

  • engaging in sexual or intimate contact (e.g., hugging, kissing, cuddling) with new and/or more than one partner
  • Travel, being immunocompromised, or having close contact with someone from outside of the province were less commonly reported

Although cases have mostly been identified among males who report sexual or intimate contact with other males, anyone can get monkeypox. Various factors that may increase the potential risk for exposure include close, sexual, and/or other intimate contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, sore, or scabs.

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