Alberta has its first confirmed case of monkeypox and here’s what we know so far

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced that the first case of Monkeypox in the province has been confirmed.

In a series of tweetsHinshaw said the first case of the disease was detected in the province after a person “had close contact with a known case outside the province.”

Monkeypox is a “less severe” cousin of smallpox, according to the WHO, and symptoms of the disease can include fever, rash, lesions, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, aches headache and swollen lymph nodes.

“Although monkeypox is rare and generally considered a low risk to the general public, an isolated case has now been confirmed in Alberta,” Hinshaw said.

Details of the infected person, including where they live, have not been released for confidentiality reasons.

According to Hinshaw, the person is currently self-isolating and cooperating with Alberta Health in their investigation, and the risk of Monkeypox infection is still low.

“This virus does not discriminate and is not limited to being spread from intimate sexual activities. This type of misinformation and stigma can lead to misunderstanding of risks and negative health outcomes,” said she added.

Anyone who thinks they have spent time with someone who has Monkeypox, or is showing symptoms, should self-isolate and call 811 or their primary care physician.

Currently, there are several confirmed cases of Monkeypox across the country, including five in Toronto. The first two cases of Monkeypox in Canada were confirmed in Quebec last month.

Cases have also been confirmed in the UK, US, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

The cover image of this article was used for illustrative purposes only.

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