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Guelph has its first case of monkeypox

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says it's a man in his 20's
Local health officials confirm the first case of monkeypox in Guelph. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image

Guelph has it's first case of monkeypox.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has confirmed on its website Friday that the infected person is a man in his 20's residing in Guelph.

They said at the moment, work is being done on follow-up treatment and to contact anyone who may be at risk from this case, including anyone needing a vaccination.

“There is no increased risk of monkeypox to the general public stemming from this case,” associate medical officer of health Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum said in a release.

“The virus is primarily transmitted through contact with fluid from the virus’ lesions, so it is important to be aware and take necessary precautions if you are in intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox lesions.”

Public health said most people recover without treatment, and anyone who is a close contact can be treated with a vaccine.

They said residents don't have to do anything as a result of this case, but to always keep an eye out for symptoms and check with a doctor if you have any concerns.

Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a rash or lesions (beginning the face or genitals, before spreading).

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