First case of monkeypox confirmed in Mississauga


Published June 27, 2022 at 12:43 pm

Peel Public Health has confirmed today (June 27) that the first case of monkeypox in the region is an adult male in his 30s living in Mississauga.

Public Health says risk to the public is low at this time.

Monkeypox virus is part of the same virus family as smallpox. Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and a rash/lesions (which may appear on the face or genitals and then spread to other areas).

Most people recover on their own without treatment.

“The risk to the community remains low. We are working with our community partners to increase access to vaccine for high-risk individuals in Peel,” said Dr. Kate Bingham, Peel’s Acting Medical Officer of Health.

Anyone with symptoms is advised to contact their healthcare provider and avoid close contact with others until symptoms have improved and rash/lesion(s) has healed.

Monkeypox spreads though close contact with an infected individual. Most transmission occurs primarily through close contact with the lesions of monkeypox.

The virus can be transmitted through large droplets or by sharing contaminated items.

Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox should self-monitor for symptoms, and contact Peel Public Health to see if they are eligible for vaccination.

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