Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph sees third confirmed monkeypox case

By Erin Anderson

Public Health Ontario is reporting a third confirmed case of monkeypox in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. 

According to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health, the third case is a man from Wellington County who is between 50 and 60 years old. 

A probable case was also listed on Public Health Ontario's website, but the local health unit said it was actually a mistake. 

“There was a data entry error and a suspect case was erroneously entered as a probable case,” read an e-mail statement from a spokesperson with WDG Public Health. “This has been corrected but this was after PHO pulled the data for their report.”

The first confirmed monkeypox case was reported in Guelph in mid-June, involving a man in his 20s. A few weeks ago, a second confirmed case was identified in a man in his 60s who was visiting Wellington County. 

There have been a total of 890 confirmed monkeypox cases across Canada to date, including 423 in Ontario. 

None have been detected in Waterloo Region so far. 

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